Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/31/11 at 06:38 AM ET
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has dug his heels into the desert sand, saying the team “will not trade his rights under any circumstances.”
It’s a prickly situation in cactus country, especially considering the league is still running the Coyotes.
Gary Bettman’s unsettled Groundhog Day scenario is a column for another day, but, as for Turris, I can’t get past the bold, superstar stance.
Why is his agent, Kyle Overhart, taking him down this road?
Maybe one day Turris will be a front-line star, but he sure as hell isn’t there yet. He scored 11 goals and 14 assists in 65 games in 2010-11. He has only 19 goals and 27 assists in 131 games during his career: one goal every seven games, one point in every three.
Long before the current stalemate, critics suggested Turris had been rushed into the league too soon. When the sides were at least talking contract in the summer, reports suggested he was asking for more than $4 million per year on an extension, numbers Overhart has disputed.
Yet if Turris were the franchise player he perceived himself to be, rival teams would have already weighed in with offer sheets - a combination of future high draft picks - to steal him away from the Coyotes.
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