By his own admission, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is looking for a solution regarding forward Kyle Turris and a contract buyout is not excluded.
Acquired in the mega-deal involving the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche in November 2017, the center is no longer the shadow of the player he once was.
In 2019-2020, he had just nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points in 62 games. He has a contract that earns him $ 6 million annually and ends after the 2023-2024 season.
“We had conversations with Kyle and his agent,” said Poile, whose comments were translated by NHL.com. I think Kyle's game has changed under our former coach [Peter Laviolette] and our current coach John Hynes. We do not know if he will be able to return to his old style of play. “
“When we made the trade to get Kyle, he was an exceptional player and he really improved our team,” he added. But for one reason or another, it hasn't gone well over the past couple of years. We will be evaluating all of this in the next few weeks to determine what we should do. I don't want to rule out any options. ”
If he does not rule out a buyout, Poile appears to be keen to try to trade the 31-year-old veteran.
“In a normal day, I talk to about 10 DGs, so there is a lot of conversation. These are not just discussions about Turris. I want to be open minded. I want to know the value of our players, assess the changes we could make and make a decision from there. A lot will happen in the next few days. ”
If ever he does not find a dance partner, Poile may consider a contract buyout that would have an impact of $ 2 million on the payroll of the “Preds” until the end of the 2027-2028 season.