Kyle Turris had the final four seasons of his six-year contract bought out by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old forward signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Predators ($6 million average annual value) on Nov. 5, 2017, the day Nashville acquired him in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.
“As I’ve often said, we were very excited when we traded for Kyle, and at times, especially in the beginning, he played really well for us,” Predators general manager David Poile said Wednesday. “It seemed with [Ryan Johansen] and he at the time we had that one-two center-ice offense that we never had in the franchise before, but it didn’t last for whatever reasons.”
Turris scored 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 65 games in 2017-18 after the trade. He scored 54 points (16 goals, 38 assists) in his past two seasons, including 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 62 games this season and no points in four postseason games.
He will become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9.
“I’m not sure it even matters anymore, because when you make the decision, you have to move past that,” Poile said. “All I know is it didn’t work. Kyle is an offensive center, very productive most of his career, but with the Predators he wasn’t very productive, so whether that was the fit in where he played and how we used him, I, we, will take as much responsibility as we need to in that.”
Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round (No. 3) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Turris has scored 416 points (165 goals, 251 assists) in 726 regular-season games with the Predators, Ottawa Senators and Coyotes, and 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 69 Stanley Cup Playoff games.