For Kyle Turris, it was a pretty simple decision to come to terms on a contract extension with the Nashville Predators as a prerequisite to the Preds acquiring the veteran center as part of a three-team trade that included Matt Duchene Sunday night.

"I was very apparent that things were not going to work out in Ottawa," Turris told reporters on a conference call Monday. "Nashville looks like it's going to be such a great fit, and we're so excited at this opportunity to join the Preds on a six-year deal."

David Poile, Nashville's general manager, wanted Turris badly and pursued him for quite some time. However, when the pieces were put in place for this mega three-team trade that also involved the Senators and Avalanche, Poile needed to know he was not just getting a rental player. Poile asked for, and received, permission from the Sens to negotiate a contract extension with Turris, due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

When the Predators came in at six year, $36 million, Turris readily agreed to the contract, and, ultimately, the trade went through.