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Everyone else is rumored to be in on the Kyle Turris sweepstakes, so why not consider what a player like that could do for the Detroit Red Wings.
Turris has publicly asked for a trade. Management for the Phoenix Coyotes have told the kid tough luck—play in the desert or be cast out into the... well, you get the idea. While the desert dogs have sworn up and down that they won't be moving the former first-round pick, let's assume a sweet enough deal could pry the stubborn teen away.
The most noticeable attribute that Turris would bring to the Wings is youth. Sweet, influence-able youth.
He would automatically become the youngest player on the roster, and while Detroit isn't the retirement home that most perceive it to be, they aren't exactly a kinder-care operation either. Turris would be a talented pivot that could fit right in with the youth movement on the Wings.
Players such as Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak are of similar age but don't have the same kind of pedigree that Turris does. On the other hand, Emmerton and Mursak both have jobs at the NHL level, and the team as a whole could show the underachiever how to be a Red Wing—that is, how to be a winner.
The Turris scenario is one I am running away with here. The specific idea isn't based on any source, but the root of it is grounded in reality: Detroit is in desperate need of an offensive spark.
They currently lead the league in shots taken per game, barely edging out the San Jose Sharks in that category. Yet they are 20th in goals per game. That can't continue to be the case in Detroit if they hope to trounce their way to another consecutive playoff berth.
Perhaps it is time to give some other players within the system the time of day. Inserting Fabian Brunnstrom couldn't hurt at this point. Whatever the solution to the squad's offensive woes is, coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland need to come up with an answer.