December 18, 2017
NASHVILLE, TN – In hockey, a great idea on paper doesn’t always work out on the ice.
Brett Hull and Wayne Gretzky didn’t set the NHL on fire during their brief run together with the Blues. The days of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne in Colorado are best forgotten (and many people have done just that). Peter Forsberg and the Predators mixed like water and oil.
So, there was always the risk that the Kyle Turris trade wouldn’t work out for Nashville. Instead, it’s been a smash success beyond just about anyone’s expectations. Even GM David Poile would probably admit that he didn’t expect this sort of boost.
December 11, 2017
Nashville, TN – It would be hard to imagine a much better start with a team than the one forward Kyle Turris has had since he was traded to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 5.
Turris, who came to Nashville as part of the three-team trade that hadMatt Duchene go from the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators, has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 games since joining the Predators.
November 6, 2017
The Predators traded defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Avalanche to acquire Turris.
NASHVILLE, TN –
David Poile outlining the versatility and offensive firepower the Nashville Predators now possess was great. Kyle Turris expressing his eagerness to skate in Preds Gold was exciting.
But there was also a theme woven through the comments from both general manager and forward that subtly may have won the day for Nashville.
Let’s back up a bit first. On Sunday evening, when the Predators pulled off a three-team trade to acquire Turris from Colorado, they also announced they’d signed the talented center, whose current deal was set to expire after this season, to a six-year contract. Most analysts agree that Turris isn’t even an option on the trade market if he’s signs a deal with the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2017-18 season starting. On Monday, Poile said bluntly that the two other GMs involved in the trade knew it wasn’t happening if a long-term deal couldn’t be agreed upon between Turris and the Predators.
May 7, 2017
Kyle Turris had no choice but to end Game 5 on Saturday with a game-winning goal. He had a prior engagement to attend.
The Ottawa Senators forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the New York Rangers and take a 3-2 series in the Eastern Conference Second Round, then, just hours later, Turris was at the end-of-season banquet for the Capital City Condors.