Ottawa Senators center, Kyle Turris, has signed a contract extension worth $17.5 million over five years. The 23 year old is set to make $1.6 million this upcoming season which is the last year of his current deal. After that his salary will start at $2.5 million during the first year of the new deal and gradually rise to $4 million in the fifth and final year.
Turris was traded to the Senators last season from the Phoenix Coyotes after he held out on Phoenix, only to eventually resign for two years, yet only play in 6 games and not even register a single point in those games. Times were tough for Turris in the desert, a place he didn’t want to be and he let it be known.
Once out of Phoenix and into a stabler environment in Ottawa, Turris flashed some of his potential and showed why he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Coyotes. He scored 12 goals and recorded 17 assists for 29 points, all career highs and he reached them in just 49 games with his new club.
Sparked by the addition of Turris the Senators made a run that led them to the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They fell however in the first round, in 7 games to the top seeded New York Rangers in a tightly contested series. Turris had 1 goal and 2 assists in the series but its important to note he made his lone goal count as it was the overtime game winner in game 4 of the series.
Ottawa’s future is bright and they seem to be headed in the right direction with a good mix of youth and veteran talent. Having a player with Turris’s potential locked up long term is a good thing and shows the club is dedicated to winning, but time will tell if Turris can live up to the standards his lengthy and lucrative new contract extension have set.
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