Predators Sign Center Kyle Turris To Six-Year Deal After Blockbuster Three-Way Trade

Updated: November 10, 2017

The 28-year-old center was about to be an unrestricted agent as his five-year, $17.5-million contract with the Senators comes to a close at the end of the season. Obviously, the Predators had something else in mind. David Poile, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Predators, confirmed that Turris signed a whopping six-year, $36-million deal that will begin next season.

The Poile Magic

You just have to give it to Poile. The one-time NHL General Manager of the Year awardee has authored some of the biggest swaps in hockey in the last three decades. This time, to acquire Turris, he had to give up 19-year-old rookie defenseman Samuel Girard and 21-year-old forward Vladislav Kamanev to the Colorado Avalanche, along with a 2018 second-round draft pick. A pretty hefty price to pay, to say the least, but Poile saw it a worthwhile move to land the talented 6-foot-1, 195-pound center.

Turris, a clutch scorer and reliable playmaker, scored a career-best 27 goals and tallied a total of 55 points last season with the Ottawa Senators. In his 11 games with his former team, Turris scored three goals and nine points.

Team captain and second-line center Mike Fisher’s retirement left quite a hole in the Predators’ offensive end. But now, Turris will fill the spot behind first-line center Ryan Johansen to balance out the team’s impressive center roster. It looks like the Preds are revving up to bounce back after falling two wins shy of the Stanley Cup back in June.

“I think we’re a much better team today with Kyle Turris in our lineup. I’m excited to find out what we do,” Poile said in a statement. “He should be a great fit in our locker room and will bolster our lineup and give us the depth that’s necessary during the regular season and the playoffs.”

Duchene Finds New Home with Senators

Another key player that has been making headlines in this trade is Matt Duchene. The 26-year-old versatile center has been in the trading block since last season as rumors swirled relentlessly on media. Finally, he is heading north to Ottawa.

“It’s bittersweet for sure, but I’m excited for a new opportunity in Ottawa. It’ll be amazing to be close to home. They’ve got a team that can win a Stanley Cup. I’m really excited to go there and just nothing but a pleasure to have played here for Colorado,” the Ontario native told after being pulled out of the ice in Barclays Centers mid-game against the New York Islanders.

Duchene has tallied four goals and ten points in 14 games this season. In his place, the Sens traded Turris, 29-year-old goaltender Andrew Hammond, 18-year-old forward Shane Bowers, and a future first-round pick to Colorado. That’s total haul of seven players for one star center.

After more than a year speculation, the deal has been sealed. However, it might be years before we see who the real winners of this blockbuster trade are. It will also be interesting to see how this deal will affect NHL picks in the upcoming seasons.