The Predators just pulled off yet another massive trade acquiring Kyle Turris.
There were rumblings earlier this week that the Predators, Senators and Avalanche were in discussions in a three-way trade involving Matt Duchene, but it reportedly fell through. Well, on Sunday the trade happened.
Nashville acquired center Kyle Turris from Ottawa in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick as well as top-end prospects Sam Girard and Vladislav Kamenev heading to the Avalanche in the three-way trade. It is worth noting that Turris was set to be an unrestricted free-agent following this season, but he has reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with Nashville with an AAV of $6 million.
Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet had the scoop:
Duchene to OTT. Turris to NASH with a 6×6 extension. COL gets Girard, Kamenev, Bowers, Hammond, a 1st (OTT), a 2nd (NASH) and a 3rd (OTT).
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
There was no hiding from the fact that even with the recent addition of Nick Bonino, the Predators were still a bit thin at center. Not so much anymore.
Turris is a legitimate No. 2 center and should be a great fit among the top-six behind Ryan Johansen on the center depth chart. Nashville now has a cabinet full of centers with Johansen, Turris, Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons.
Over his last four regular seasons, the 28-year-old has 90 goals and 117 assists in 299 total games. So far this season Turris has three goals and six helpers in 11 games.
Predators General Manager David Poile had this to say about Turris and the trade, via the Predators:
“Kyle is one of the best two-way centers in the National Hockey League,” Poile said. “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. He is someone who can play in all situations and will help us tremendously on both ends of the ice. He will give our coaching staff a number of options in terms of offensive production and defensive responsibilities.”
The Predators lost two of their top prospects in Kamenev and Girard, but in adding Turris David Poile and the Preds are telling everyone in the league that they aren’t waiting around to go all in. They got a taste of the Cup last year in making the Final and this move does nothing but propel them, at least on paper, to be a very serious threat yet again.
While Bonino could have served as the No. 2 center this year (when healthy), Turris is more of a playmaker and scorer while Bonino is more of a two-way player that does the little things right and will flirt with anywhere from 15-20 goals per season. Turris lit the lampt 27 times a year ago.
The Predators are deep now up front. They have had the wingers for years now and certainly the blue line, but now they have center depth like they’ve never had before.