Phoenix Coyotes unsigned center Kyle Turris has asked the team for a trade, his agent Kyle Overhardt confirmed to ESPN.
The Coyotes still own Turris’ rights under the CBA and the Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney insists the team will not trade his rights under any circumstance. Maloney told ESPN that if Turris “wants to play in the NHL this season, he will re-sign with us.”
Turris’ agent insists the call for a trade has nothing to do with money, maintaining that the 22-year-old center only wants “the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start.” General manager Maloney responded to Overhardt’s comments via email to ESPN.com saying, “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,” however, Maloney feels “He is not at this stage, given his age and experience.”
Despite the Coyotes appearance of standing firm on their decision to retain Turris, Overhardt remains hopeful the organization will reconsider. Multiple NHL clubs, which the agent would not name, have reportedly expressed interest in his client and are willing to offer the Coyotes organization significant assets in a potential trade. Last season Turris appeared in 65 games for the Coyotes and tallied 11 goals and 14 assists. He was drafted third overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft by the Coyotes.