Although he has sat for six straight games and has played a very minor role this season, Predators center Kyle Turris has not yet asked for a trade, GM David Poile told reporters including Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean. At the time he was acquired (signing a six-year, $36MM extension in the process), Turris was expected to slot in on the second line. However, while he did well in 2017-18, he underachieved a year ago which led them to bring in Matt Duchene (who was a part of the same three-team trade in 2017) over the summer.
Since then, Turris has largely been banished to the fourth line with head coach Peter Laviolette showing no inclination to trying him on the wing. Instead, recent recalls Mathieu Olivier and Daniel Carr have been playing ahead of him. With four years left on his deal after this one, it’s unlikely that there would be a taker for him anyway but for now, Turris hasn’t asked the Predators to search for a new home for him.
Elsewhere in the Central:
- On top of losing winger Colin Wilson to a long-term injury that will require surgery, the Avalanche will also be without Erik Johnson for a little while as Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports that the defenseman is out week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Johnson is no stranger to missing time due to injuries as he has missed 20 or more games in three of the last five seasons. Colorado has had a plethora of injuries already this season and now they’ll have to make do without one of their top blueliners for a while.
- The Blackhawks announced (Twitter link) that assistant coach Marc Crawford will be away from the team while they investigate claims made by former NHL forward Sean Avery regarding their time with Los Angeles. The team won’t be making any further comment until their review is completed.
- Winnipeg winger Mason Appleton has missed the past five weeks due to a foot injury sustained in advance of the Heritage Classic but it appears that he’s nearing a return. Mitchell Clinton of the Jets’ team website notes that Appleton could participate in the morning skate on Tuesday and that he’ll take place in a couple of full practices after that before being assessed for clearance to return. That could have him on track to play this weekend against Anaheim. Meanwhile, winger Gabriel Bourque is a little further behind in his recovery; head coach Paul Maurice indicated that he’s about a week away from returning from the lower-body injury sustained early last month.