Islanders NHL Weekly Trade Rumors: Center Kyle Turris Can Be Had
Why is he on the trade block?
Getting scratched six times in a row (now seven) might not sound like a big deal for someone like Ross Johnston. But it’s a big deal for a $6 million center like Kyle Turris.
With Matt Duchene now in the fold, the Preds are drowning in centers. Duchene and Ryan Johansen are the 1C and 2C for the Preds. Add Nick Bonino and Colton Sissons to the mix and the Preds are set down the middle.
So former New York Islanders head coach Peter Laviolette has put Kyle Turris on the scratchpad.
It’s not like Turris has been awful. With eleven points in 20 games, the centerman is on pace for 41 points. Considering he’s getting less ice time and in a more defensive role that’s not bad from Turris. He typically scores 50 points.
Clearly Laviolette doesn’t like him. His time in Nashville is just as clearly, over. It’s just a matter of when not if.
Islanders interest level: 2.5/5
With Brassard on line two for the foreseeable future, the Islanders need a new third-line center. Leo Komarov can play the position, but he can’t play it that well. Turris would be a great fit.
At least he would if he didn’t hold a $6 million cap hit over the next four years.
With the position the Predators are in Lou Lamoriello could get that cap hit knocked down by a few million. For every million he knocks down the possibility of a deal grows by ten percent.