The Phoenix Coyotes have traded Turris to the Ottawa Senators.
In return, Phoenix has received defenceman David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick.
We hope that (he’s) a second-line centre iceman that will come in here and play real hard,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said. “I believe he is a very talented young man. Given the type of team we have and the age of our core guys that he will be a real nice addition to our forward group.”
Kyle Turris was selected third overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, right behind Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk.
The majority of people apart of “Sens Nation” don’t like this trade, but here’s my take on it. Before the season started, I was very high on David Rundblad. He was very good player over in Sweden and Ottawa seemed like a great place to develop him. The problem though is I think his potential is much lower than many people believe. That mixed with the back log of defence men already in the Senators program.
Kyle Turris on the other hand has higher potential I believe. Dealing with a a small market team in the states similar to Filatov, something went wrong. Turris wasn’t fitting in and requested a trade. For this trade to go down Bryan Murrary must be really high on him. That’s a good thing. Turris fills our hole with needing a second line centre, but it opens questions for the future. What happens with Zibanejad next year when he is NHL ready? Are the Senators really a play off contender this year? What other trades are down the road?
Overall, I like this trade. I think Kyle Turris has more upside than David Rundblad. Including the second rounder may be a bit too much, but time will tell who won this deal. As a GM, you have to make risky trades, and I admire BM for that. Wayne Gretzky picked Kyle Turris himself, that must mean something, right? Hopefully Kyle Turris can turn it around in the nation’s capital. Hopefully.