“This has never been about money, we’ve been upfront with the club from day one,” agent Kurt Overhardt told ESPN.com. “We’ve respectfully requested that the player had the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start.”
Turris and the Coyotes have made no progress in the off-season with negotiations for a new contract. The 22-year-old forward is a restricted free agent and he is now officially asking for a trade.
The third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft needs to be signed somewhere by December 1 or he will not be eligible to play in the NHL this season.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been clear about not wanting to move Turris at this juncture.
“The CBA gives us certain rights to Turris and we are exercising our rights,” Maloney said. “There will be a point in the future Turris will have the right to decide who he wants to play for and how much he will accept. If he wants to play in the NHL this season, he will re-sign with us. We will not trade his rights under any circumstances and are prepared to live with the consequences if he decides to sit out this, and future, seasons.”
“I know that the Coyotes’ organization can benefit significantly by moving this asset,” Overhardt said. “As a Group 2 free agent and speaking to several teams – which I won’t name – I know that there’s a number of clubs that have put forth significant offers to the Coyotes’ organization which include valuable assets which would benefit Phoenix.”
Turris debuted with the Coyotes in the 2007-2008 season and played his first full season the following year, landing 20 points in 63 games. In 2009-2010, he was returned to the San Antonio Rampage for the season. The following year he was back with the big club, scoring 25 points in 65 games and landing three points in four playoff games.
There have been reports that Turris was looking for more money than Maloney and the Coyotes were willing to offer, but this latest news seems to reveal that it’s about more than the cash value. The “fresh start” Turris is after is a mystery, but it could amount to a number of things from personal clashes to wishes for more ice time. Without much by way of production to show for himself, however, it’s hard to imagine the youngster getting his wish on any club.