Kyle Turris played more than 20 minutes a night during the Ottawa Senators‘ surprising run to the Eastern Conference final last spring. He scored a huge overtime winner in Round 2 against the Rangers, and had no clue that his time was running short with the organization. “No, not at all. No. It didn’t cross my mind at all,” he said Wednesday. On the cusp of his first game back in the nation’s capital since being traded away from the Senators, Turris continually tried to steer the conversation back to the good days in Ottawa. He didn’t have any interest in rehashing the failed talks on a contract extension last summer that ultimately paved his way out of town – not after causing an uproar in December when he told reporters that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk stood in the way of management’s desire to sign him. Turris agreed to a $36-million, six-year extension as part of the Nov. 5 trade that sent him to Nashville – terms that Senators GM Pierre Dorion has said were never on the table during their discussions. It’s been speculated that the 28-year-old centre wouldn’t budge off his ask of $7-million per year from Ottawa, but he declined to address those reports. “I’m just going to stay away from saying anything anymore because I unintentionally may stir something up,” said Turris, referencing the comments he made to reporters in Vancouver about Melnyk. “So I’m just going to stay away from saying anything. I’m sorry.” There are clearly still some raw feelings about a breakup that probably could have been avoided.
Kyle Turris hoping for warm welcome from Senators fans upon Ottawa return
Sportsnet | Feb 7