The Nashville Predators have made a trade with the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators that sees pieces flying between the three organizations. The Predators will be receiving Kyle Turris. The Senators will be receiving Matt Duchene. And the Avalanche will be receiving Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, and a second round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Nashville and Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, and a first and third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Predators have quickly signed Turris to a six-year contract extension worth $36 million.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (November 5, 2017) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has acquired forward Kyle Turris from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Additionally, the team announced that Turris has signed a six-year, $36 million contract that will keep him in Nashville through the 2022-23 season.
“Kyle is one of the best two-way centers in the National Hockey League,” Poile said. “He should be a great fit in our locker room and will bolster our lineup and give us the depth that’s necessary during the regular season and the playoffs. He is someone who can play in all situations and will help us tremendously on both ends of the ice. He will give our coaching staff a number of options in terms of offensive production and defensive responsibilities.”
Turris, 28 (8/14/89), has nine points (3g-6a) in 11 games with the Ottawa Senators this season. He led the Senators in goals last season, scoring a career-high 27, while adding 28 assists for 55 points. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound center has tallied at least 55 points in three of his last four seasons and had a career-best 64 points (24g-40a) in 2014-15. Over the course of his seven seasons in Ottawa, Turris led the team in goals with 117 and was second to only Erik Karlsson in points (274) and power-play points (73). He had 10 points (4g-6a) in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and helped lead Ottawa to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2007. Turris has 13 goals and 14 assists in 46 career postseason games and his 24 playoff points with Ottawa ranks second among all Senators since 2010-11.
A native of New Westminster, B.C., Turris was selected third overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Draft and is the highest-ever drafted Canadian Tier II Junior A player. Prior to his one season at the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers in points with 35 (11g-24a), Turris won the British Columbia Hock-ey League’s championship in 2006 with the Burnaby Express. He finished second in the BCHL in scoring with 121 points (66g-55a) as a 17-year-old in 2006-07 and was named the Coastal Conference’s Most Valuable Player. Turris is a three-time gold medal winner at the international level and most notably won the 2008 World Junior Championship as a member of Team Canada, where he led his team in points with eight (4g-4a) in seven games.
I’ll leave the NHL news to our great media friends in the Nashville circles. Let’s focus on the prospect side of things here in Milwaukee.
This is a move that is a solid punch to the gut for the Admirals. Kamenev has been evolving and was setting himself up for a third pro-season in North America in which he could have been knocking on Nashville’s door for playing time. He made his NHL debut last season for the Predators and played twice but has mainly been active in the AHL. He played 137 games with the Admirals and produced 96 points (39 goals, 57 assists). He was a center from the moment he arrived from Russia and progressed well in his sophomore season. Pontus Åberg was the only member of the Admirals with more points in 2016-17.
His absence, combined with a current injury to team captain and fellow center Trevor Smith, now leaves a big gap for the Admirals offense which has been sputtering after a quick start. Admirals head coach Dean Evason described Kamenev’s effort in the Admirals 3-1 victory on Friday night as the Russian’s best peformance of his career that he had seen up until this point. That production and upward trending ability is now gone and it is being replaced through this trade with no assets arriving in Milwaukee. This is a trade that is a win if you’re in Nashville, as you don’t exactly lose pieces that could impact now, but a move that is a massive step backwards in Milwaukee. It’s one of those cruel reminders to Admirals fans that you’re the AHL affiliate: easy come, easy go. …to think that Kamenev could potentially join the man and close friend that was teaching him so much about center duties in Milwaukee but now in San Antonio, Félix Girard, only bodes well for Colorado.
What is your reaction to this trade by the Nashville Predators? Who gets the best of this trade? Are you surprised the Predators didn’t offer what they did in order to outright acquire Matt Duchene for themselves?
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