Maloney Says Turris Makes Coyotes Better Team

Nov 22, 2011, 11:57 PM | Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 12:01 am

GLENDALE — The Coyotes and center Kyle Turris reunited on
Tuesday, about one-fourth of the way through the 2011-12

“We’re thrilled to have him,” General Manager Don Maloney
told after re-signing Turris to a
multi-year contract. “He’s a good young player and he
makes us better. We’re glad to get this behind us and move

Maloney said the contract is contingent upon Turris
passing a physical on Wednesday. Should that happen,
Turris will report to the team’s top affiliate in
Portland, Maine, to practice and get into game shape.

“How long it takes him to get up and running, we’ll see,”
Maloney said. “We’ll take our time with him… We’re hoping
he can pick up where he left off at the end of last year.
Against Detroit, even though that series was a disaster,
he was one of our best players. I think he’s on the verge
of breaking through.”

Turris will address the media for the first time at Arena at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, an hour before
the Coyotes host the Anaheim Ducks in the first of three
home games in four nights.

The Coyotes selected Turris with the third overall pick in
the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 131 games, he has notched 19
goals and 27 assists.

• In other news, center Daymond Langkow is expected to
rejoin the team this week after taking a leave of absence
because of a death in his family. Maloney said Langkow is
not expected to play again until Friday at the earliest.

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