UPDATE: it’s official.
The Predators have announced a “trade and sign” with the Ottawa Senators, acquiring Kyle Turris and immediately signing him to a six-year deal worth $36 million. They gave up Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, and a second round pick to get him.
From the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile today announced 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.
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, while 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, Turris won the British Columbia Hockey League's championship in 2006. He is a three-time gold medal winner at the international level with Canada and won the 2008 World Junior Championship, where he led his team in points with eight (4g-4a) in seven games.
It all started with this:
Waiting for finalize the full trade, but COL has dealt Matt Duchene— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 5, 2017
Then this came through:
Duchene is expected to come to Ottawa. Turris is expected to go Nashville. Don't have all the details yet. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) November 5, 2017
And then several updates from Friedman:
The trade is official. Now we have to find all the pieces. Duchene to OTT, Turris to NASH.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 5, 2017
Avs broadcast says Avs get Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev...— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
And a 2nd from NASH. Also Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, a first and a third from OTT— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
As much as it stings to lose Girard, however, it is confirmed by Elliotte that this is not a rental.
Turris is signing a 6 years, $36M deal in NASH— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
Duchene to OTT. Turris to NASH with a 6x6 extension. COL gets Girard, Kamenev, Bowers, Hammond, a 1st (OTT), a 2nd (NASH) and a 3rd (OTT).— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
What an insane few hours. There was an initial report earlier in the weekend from Friedman that the same trade was on the table, but with Mattias Ekholm. Then he clarified that Ekholm wasn’t part of the deal.
Then all of this went down.
We will have more reaction throughout the week, of course, but it feels like this was a necessary trade for the Preds.