Fresh off the quasi-new news that Kyle Turris believes that he can eventually score 30 goals in a season, the Ottawa Senators have announced that they have locked up their second line center to a five-year extension that carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.
What a steal!
When Turris was acquired in exchange for David Rundblad and a second round pick, one of the biggest concerns or gripes with the trade was the fact that the Senators were taking on a player who would be under team control for a shorter period of time – Turris was slated to become an UFA at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season.
Thanks to the announcement of this extension, those fears are allayed.
With one year left on his current contract that carries an average annual value of $1.4 million, the Senators have ensured that Turris – barring a trade obviously – will be under contract through the 2017-18 season. In other words, the Senators have bought out Turris’ first two years of unrestricted free agency – under the current terms of this expiring NHL CBA – for a relatively modest sum. Turris joins Erik Karlsson as one of two Senators who are currently locked up to long-term deals that will keep them in Ottawa past the 2015/16 campaign.
Prior to this season, the young center had yet to prove that he was capable of playing important minutes against difficult opposition; however by playing alongside Daniel Alfredsson, they exhibited some exemplary secondary scoring depth while playing a strong two-way game.
Of course, locking Turris up to such a deal does have some risk. Last season was the first in which he truly became a key part of a NHL roster. With a deal of such length, the organization has to hope that he can keep developing as a player because some of the underlying numbers suggest that there was some dependency on Alfie to create offense. Since the question of when Alfie will retire will linger over the organization until the time that such a decision is made, they will need Turris to develop into a player who makes those around him better.
Should Turris continue to develop as a player and eventually fulfill some of his offensive promise, the Senators will have helped solidify their depth down the middle for the foreseeable future at a very cost efficient price.
Now if Ottawa’s franchise progression mirrors Turris’ development and take another step in the right direction towards contention, Turris’ cap friendly deal will be one that should give management the flexibility to add some important piece(s) that can help push this team closer towards Stanley Cup contention.
Even if Turris doesn’t come as close to the lofty 30 goal aspirations that he has, the risk involved is mitigated by the fact that his salary is relatively inexpensive.
Murray looking stunned and Turris looking jacked as pen is put to paper.
I like his chances to live up to this contract.
Randy Lee's capology acumen is rounding into shape as well.
Probably better to point out that Alfie makes everyone around him better and so the entire team's offensive output is dependent on Alfie. Numbers would probably show, on average, higher production playing with Alfie than without. Turris is one of many young Senator prospects that will have to grow into replacing Alfie's contributions and this commitment speaks to their belief he will realize most of the potential that drove his top 3 selection
This isn't a steal, but it's a smart deal for both sides. The Sens had a look at Turris for a year, long enough to understand how his training habits and coachability might shape his development over the next six years. . Turris probably gave up some money on his possibly-to-be-FA years understanding the value of certainty and being in the right hockey situation. Dropping the anchor on the second line center position, the Sens can now look at building a productive second unit around Turris after Alfie and Tenderness expire this season.
@sensuries Extrapolating Turris' numbers with the Sens, he produced at a prorated 48 point pace. Even if he stays at a similar production level and continues to show some defensive acumen, that $3.5 million price tag is fair value.
Now taken into account that his 5v5 on-ice shooting percentage was incredibly low and that his power play production was almost non-existent, there are reasons to believe that we could see a spike in his offensive numbers. Should that happen, that $3.5 million cap hit will qualify as a steal.
I don't agree that he was dependent on Alfie. I just think it reflects the nature of the team where if Karlsson, Alfie or Spezza aren't on the ice, then you're left with an average-to-bad collection of players.
At 3.5M, he doesn't need to be one of those players that makes an obvious impact every time he steps on the ice. He just needs to put in an honest shift and add a little oomph with all the skill he has. I think it's safe to say he can do that and also safe to say there's a lot of room to exceed that expectation and becomes one of these players that really give the team an advantage.