Edmonton’s first big splash in free agency 2020 is Kyle Turris. Turris was bought out after the second year of a six year, $36MM contract in Nashville.
He’ll rake 1.65MM a year for two years in Edmonton.
You’ve seen the player. Turris can score goals, and he can help set them up. Overall, that’s a net plus for the OIlers. He finished with 31 points in 62 games for the Predators in 2019-20, which isn’t bad at all. At six million a year, the Predators are probably hoping for more there, but at less than one-third of that number, it’s perfectly fine. At age 31, Turris can finish a two year term and not fall precipitously off what is expected of him.
Kyle Turris, bought out, has been dreadful recently. pic.twitter.com/dY75ScAtuj— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 7, 2020
You’re not getting much defensively from this player. That’s a concern if your team had a negative goal share while 5 on 5 last season like the Oilers. If it was for 12 games in a bad month, that’s easier to look over than say, two years in Nashville. That being said, there’s a chance it can be cleaned up. The Oilers have worse contracts on the books for players that don’t possess Turris’ scoring capabilities.
Turris’ game comes with some issues, but if he’s able to play 16 minutes a night and help keep the goal differential to somewhere near even, the Oilers can get along with this signing.
Grade This Signing: Kyle Turris: 2 years / 1.65 AAV
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