So where does Kyle Turris go now?
The Coyotes finally re-signed their restricted free agent, giving that franchise an opportunity to move the young center to a new team.
Let the talk talks heat up.
Turris figures to need an AHL conditioning stint to get up to game speed. He has bulked up to 195 pounds with his off-ice work, but he needs to get competitive legs back.
Since he doesn’t appear to be a great fit for Coyotes coach Dave Tippett or his system, starting out in Portland would be the best for everybody.
Back in 2007, Turris, 22, was the third overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He has flashed high-end offensive ability, but has failed to sustain that level of play.
He missed training camp and nearly two months of the NHL season while haggling for his new deal. He settled for modest money: A two-year deal paying him $1.2 and $1.6 million.
Turris still must build market value to get up into the $3 million-per-year range. Maybe that will happen in Phoenix some day . . . and maybe that will happen elsewhere.
“Sometimes, you kiss and make up and you're family forever,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic. “In some cases, it doesn't work and then you have to make a change. I'm hopeful it will work out.”
Experts figure Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver could be trade fits for Turris. The Flames, in particular, are looking to overhaul their roster with general manager Jay Feaster running the show now.
Could the Flames fetch Turris by offering Mikael Backlund and a draft pick? Perhaps, but Maloney would like to see Turris boost his value with strong performance first.