Neither appears likely to happen, and that does not bode well for Turris’ immediate future.
“There is nothing new to report,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said in a text message to the media. “The CBA gives us certain rights to Turris, and we are exercising our rights.
“There will be a point in the future Turris will have the right to decide who he wants to play for and how much he will accept. He is not at this stage, given his age and experience. If he wants to play in the NHL this season, he will re-sign with us. We will not trade his rights under any circumstances and are prepared to live with the consequences if he decides to sit out this, and future, seasons.”
Despite the reported demands from the Turris camp for a three-year deal for $12 million-plus or two years for about $6 million, Overhardt told espn.com: “This has never been about money; we’ve been up front with the club from Day 1.
“We’ve respectfully requested that the player had the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start.”
Turris, 22, made about $800,000 last year. He scored 11 goals and had 25 points for the Coyotes last season, and in his career, spanning 131 games, he has put up 19 goals and 46 points.
Play the whole 60 minutes is a common phrase when players approach a game. For the Coyotes, falling a bit short, both times against the Dallas Stars, the truth of it hit home. In two meetings this season, the Coyotes lost the lead in the final 28 seconds and then with only 1:01 to play on Tuesday, losing both games in shootouts.
Coach Dave Tippett hopes the tough lessons will hit home with his team.
“It’s amazing how that one minute of hockey makes your life for two days – a good life to a bad life,” Tippett said. “It is what it is. We’ve addressed some things. It’s frustrating to lose like that, and losing a shootout, you don’t want to lose a shootout, but it’s more of how we got to the shootout that’s the frustrating part.
“You’ve got to make sure you have that in mind, but you also have to make sure that you’re moving forward. You learn from your mistakes, but you’ve got to get ready for the next time.”