The Other Big One
It was a season to forget for Kyle Turris. After dealing with some injuries, Turris never seemed to find his game again. At least, not what Predators fans grew accustomed to last season. He lost favor with the coaching staff which led to a lack of overall confidence. It never got better. Fans have called for the Predators to get rid of him before we are on the hook for his full 6 year $36 million contract extension.
Turris had arguably his worst season as a full-time NHLer. But, that was after one of his best seasons last year. Over the course of his career, he as been a good player. One bad season should not call for the boot out the door. However, the Predators need cap space and Turris has a huge contract. Additionally, his trade value is much higher now than if he turns in two bad seasons in a row. So, “let’s make a deal.”
Why It Works
I have not an inkling of an idea of what the Buffalo Sabres want to add to their team this summer. They have a few young stars on their team, including a number one Center. This deal can work for them, however, because it adds a solid, veteran player at a reasonable price. It also dumps the last year of the Vladimir Sobotka, who hasn’t done anything to earn his $3.5 million per year salary.
The Predators, here, are more interested in getting out from under Turris’ contract and gaining some okay draft picks. It gives the Predators a third 4th round pick in the upcoming draft. Also, the conditional pick in 2020 becomes a 2nd rounder if Turris scores 50 points in either season after the trade. Sobotka can play some grinder minutes in a bottom six role and then becomes a free agent after next season.
The net result of the Turris trade is $2.5 million saved this season and $6 million saved per year for four years after. Combine that with the money saved in the Subban deal and the Predators have $12 million to work with in Free Agency (assuming they don’t sign Boyle and resign Sissons and Grimaldi).