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by George Malik on 12/16/11 at 06:17 PM ET
In his weekly notebook, the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek attempts to get to the bottom of what was a morning’s worth of flurries regarding the status of one Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris, who either may or may not be moved from the Phoenix coyotes prior to the NHL’s trade freeze on Monday:
Just about every Canadian team, except for Winnipeg and Montreal, has been linked to him and this is what [Coyotes GM Don] Maloney’s peers are evaluating at the moment:
First, they need to dismiss Turris’s recent play, because he hasn’t caught up to the pace of the NHL season as yet. Then they need to evaluate how little he’s done in his first three NHL seasons against the potential that made him the third overall choice in 2007, behind Van Riemsdyk and Patrick Kane.
Turris is just 22. He recognized early on that the fit wasn’t right in Phoenix (where coach Dave Tippett is no different than his peers, demanding accountability at both ends of the ice). But if everyone can remember what excited them about Turris’s potential four-and-a-half years ago - and factor in that he is physically more mature now than he was then - then they’ll have interest.
What Maloney has going for him is the systemic conceit around the league, where so many teams are convinced that a change of scenery, and specifically, a change to their scenery and to their methods and their coaching staff, can turn a player around.
Sometimes, it happens too. Look at how Alexander Steen blossomed away from Toronto. Look at how Joffrey Lupul blossomed in Toronto. Someone will take a chance on Turris and the price will be either a first-round draft choice or a prospect likely taken in the first round. It is time for the Coyotes to turn the page, land an asset, and permit Turris to start fresh somewhere else. Hey, you gotta be pretty desperate for a change if you want to get out of Phoenix in mid-December.
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