There’s been a lot of speculation around the Turris-Rundblad trade all over the internet, and the general feeling is that Sens fans don’t seem to approve of the deal. On the whole, the major complaint is regarding what Ottawa got and many think that they paid too much for Turris. Turris is currently listed as $1.4 million a year for the next 2 years, which is not the worst rate for a second line Centreman on a team that’s rebuilding the way that Ottawa is.
It’s a bit of a strange debate. The argument doesn’t seem to be so much about money as it does about potential. Ottawa fans seemed to be waiting for Rundblad to break out, but the truth is, he has been a bit disappointing over the last couple of games. Silly mistakes which some fans attribute to his getting used to a North American style game don’t add up once you hit December.
The ones who deplore the trade insist that Ottawa needed time to develop Rundblad properly and he would have been a perfect addition to the team. But the truth is that Rundblad needed some time in the AHL to refine his game, but he wasn’t going to get that chance because Ottawa had too many holes to fill on its roster. It’s the same reason why Butler is being inserted into the lineup before his time. But then that begs the question: is Turris ready?
Trading one young player on defense for a young player on offense may cause more problems than it solves. Ottawa’s defense core looks good on paper, but with injuries to veteran defensemen, they needed all the help that they could get. Plus, bad defense has been the primary reason for Ottawa losing so many games. Turnovers and bad plays in the neutral zone have killed the Sens’ record, despite generating good offense. That said, goals win games and that’s what power forwards have to do.
Can Kyle Turris become a power forward? Taken 3rd in the 2007 draft, the natural reflex would be to say yes. But problems with Phoenix weren’t limited to contract disputes, as controversy surrounded Turris for being ‘over-rated’ and ‘badly developed.’ Yanked from college, the young player may have been asked to take on too much too soon. It was also no secret that he was unhappy playing in Phoenix, whatever the reasons were, which is never good for a team or its morale.
There are two sides to the Turris debate and both sides may have a point. Maybe he is over-rated. Maybe he was given too much to handle at a young age. For myself, I think Ottawa’s blue line is looking solid with Karlsson, Cowen and the veterans. Rundblad will not be sorely missed due to Cowen’s break out season. $1.4 million a season seems reasonable to me considering the amount of ice time that he will be asked to deliver each night on the second line, especially since Peter Regin, who, incidentally, costs $1.2 million a year, has been sidelined due to injury more than once.
Turris is all smiles now and is probably looking forward to his first game in Ottawa tonight against division rival the Buffalo Sabres. Let’s hope the good feelings last into the New Year.
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Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.