Senators’ Kyle Turris says he wants to stay in Ottawa

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Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris says he wants to stay in Ottawa, and the feeling is mutual, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

“I’m told he’s said publicly and privately, and he’s made it very clear to the Senators, he wants to stay in Ottawa and he wants to work out an extension with them,” Friedman said during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night. (See the full segment at the top of this post.) “I’m told that the two sides are very close, if not agree, on the dollars—which I assume is somewhere in the $6-million range—but they are not close on term and that is the big sticking point.”

Until a new contract is signed, there will be interest in Turris from others.

“For teams around the league, my impression was Turris did not play in the first week of the pre-season,” Friedman explained. “I think there were some teams that thought a deal was coming that week. But now that the season has started, they don’t feel that Ottawa is anxious at all to make a trade.”

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos also chimed in on the topic of potential trade talk—even if just to find out his market value.

“There’s some debate about whether or not Ottawa is shopping right now Kyle Turris,” said Kypreos. “There are some teams that are telling me, ‘Yeah, he is available.’ But when it comes right down to it, wouldn’t you expect Pierre Dorion to throw his name around?”

“I expect Pierre Dorion to start shopping his name around as long as he’s not under contract long-term,” Kypreos said.

Turris, 28, is on the final season of the five-year, $17.5-million deal he signed with the Senators back in 2012, which carries a cap hit of $3.5 million.

He registered a career-high 27 goals last season and added 28 assists for 55 points before adding four goals and 10 points in 19 playoff games.