The Phoenix Coyotes have ended a long dispute with Kyle Turris, trading the 22-year-old center to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for David Rundblad and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
Kyle Turris was the third pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, but has yet to live up to the billing in two full seasons in Phoenix.
Despite earning a total of just 46 points in 137 NHL games, Turris held out this offseason in hopes of increasing his annual salary to $4 million, making him the subject of trade rumors all season long.
The trade brings back tremendous value for the Coyotes. Rundblad is a top line talent on the blue line with potential to be playing on the first pairing within a few seasons.
The Swedish rearguard was a mid first-round pick back in ’09 by the Blues before being traded to the Senators. He is seeing his first NHL action this season.
Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray is gambling on the potential with Turris, who has done little to warrant this price tag in his brief NHL career.
Turris will likely get an opportunity to center the second line in Ottawa.
The Coyotes come out on top in this exchange, especially considering the fact that the team’s relationship with Turris was beyond repair.
They acquire another talented, young defenseman and pick up a draft pick.