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TURRIS: AHL WAS ' A GOOD EXPERIENCE'

by Russell Brooks / Arizona Coyotes
Coyotes rookie forward Kyle Turris returned to the team on Monday after being recalled from the San Antonio Rampage, the team’s top affiliate in the American Hockey League.


Turris notched four goals and three assists in eight games with the Rampage.

“It’s really nice to be back, see all of the guys and be a part of the team again,” said Turris, who has six goals and 10 assists in 50 games with the Coyotes.

Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky brought Turris back to the Coyotes because of his recent play.

“It was an internal decision on the basis he has played well down there and we think he is going to be a big part of the success of the organization,” Gretzky said. “As an organization, we decided to bring Kyle back and good for Kyle that he went down there and played well and played hard.”

While with the Rampage, Turris received a lot of ice time that helped his poise.

“I got to play in all situations and I got to play a lot,” Turris said. “I got my confidence and it helped. I was doing well and playing with some great players. It was a good experience.”

A NICE BREAK

The Coyotes do not play their next game until Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, the first game of a five-game trip. Gretzky gave the team Sunday off before returning to practice on Monday.

“We are going to skate for the first couple,” Gretzky said after Monday's practice. “We had yesterday off, so today and (Tuesday) we will spend a good portion just skating and physically getting ready for the game on Thursday. On Wednesday, we will go over some game plans and game ideas. The next two days will be mostly physical training and getting ready for the game.”

Rookie Viktor Tikhonov, for one, is enjoying the break in the game schedule.

“It is good,” said Tikhonov, who has seven goals and six assists in 46 games. “It is definitely going to help the body out a little bit. I can hit the gym a little bit and get strength back. It is a good break.”
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