GLENDALE, Ariz. – The ice-level hallways of Jobing.com Arena were packed with more than 50 Coyotes players Friday -- hopefuls and prospects going through physicals, mugging for pictures and filling out forms on the official opening day of training camp.
Center Kyle Turris, still embroiled in a contract stalemate with the team, was missing from the crowd, however. And it sounds like the Coyotes aren't expecting him to appear anytime soon.
Turris, the highest Coyote draft pick since the team moved to Phoenix (No. 3 in 2007), made $800,000 in the final year of his entry-level contract this past season – one in which he potted 11 of his 19 career NHL goals and appeared to be taking steps toward being the player who was projected to be an offensive force in the League.