Coyotes ink Turris to multi-year deal

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones knocks the  Phoenix Coyotes Kyle Turris off the puck at Rexall Place in...

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones knocks the Phoenix Coyotes Kyle Turris off the puck at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on November 19, 2010. (JORDAN VERLAGE/QMI Agency)

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GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Kyle Turris signed a two-year, $2.8-million contract Tuesday with the Phoenix Coyotes after holding out through training camp and the first 19 games of the season.

"I am happy to sign with Phoenix and start playing," said Turris, who was a restricted free agent. "It has been a long process, but now I am focused on playing and helping the team win."

That's a reversal for Turris, who had pushed for a trade while holding out, creating acrimony with Coyotes general manager Don Maloney.

But, facing a Dec. 1 deadline to sign an NHL contract, the 22-year-old centre gave up his demands for $4 million per season. Had Turris not signed by Dec. 1, he would have been ineligible to play this season.

Turris had 11 goals and 14 assists in 65 games with Phoenix last season. He was drafted third overall in 2007.

Since being drafted, he has 19 goals and 27 assists in 131 games for the Coyotes and 28 goals and 43 assists in 86 games for their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

HAB CLEARED FOR CONTACT

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov got the green light Tuesday from doctors to take part in full practice with contact.

The 32-year-old has been rehabbing from surgery on his right knee. He hasn't played in a game since Nov. 13, 2010, when he was hit by Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Markov underwent surgery on the knee last Dec. 8 for the second time in a year.

The Canadiens have said that Markov wouldn't return to a game before Dec. 1.

DEAL FOR DEVILS?

Billionaire Nelson Peltz is considering buying the $250 million in debt the New Jersey Devils have incurred, according to a report in the New York Post.

Peltz, a 69-year-old hockey lover whose Triarc Companies owns Wendy's, is looking at a plan to find an equity investor to buy the Devils if the current owners can't restructure their debt, an unidentified source told the Post.

Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is trying to work out a television deal that would give him $80 million that he could put towards the debt. Should that happen, and Vanderbeek is able to restructure his debt, any involvement by Peltz could end.

Peltz's son Brad, a winger with Avon Old Farms High School in Connecticut, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2009.

ALFIE ON TOP

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is the top vote-getter in NHL all-star game fan balloting.

Alfredsson tops the poll with nearly 132,000 votes while Sens teammates Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek are also in the top four. Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel, the NHL's top scorer, is second with more than 128,000 votes, followed by Spezza and Michalek.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux rounds out the top five.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played his first game in almost a year Monday night, is ninth with under 75,000 votes. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is 13th with under 61,000 votes.

JAGR SET TO PLAY?

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr could play Wednesday against the New York Islanders after missing two games with a groin injury.

Jagr practiced with the Flyers Tuesday, the first time he's been on the ice since hurting himself Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes. He expects to be in the lineup against the Islanders.

"At my age, missing two games feels like losing one year of your life," Jagr said. "You know you don't have many left."

Chris Pronger, Wayne Simmonds and Kimmo Timonen missed practice Tuesday. Pronger is day-to-day with a virus.

The Flyers activated forward Brayden Schenn, who had been out with a broken foot, from long-term injured reserve and sent him to Adirondack of the AHL. They also called up forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Trenton of the AHL.

BRIEFLY

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 2011 first-round draft pick Stuart Percy to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old defenceman is the captain of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, and has three goals and 14 assists in 18 games this season ... The New Jersey Devils sent forward Eric Boulton to Albany of the AHL on a conditioning assignment. Boulton has missed 14 games after breaking a bone in his hand during a fight with Douglas Murray of San Jose ... Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook is expected to play during the team's California road swing this week. Seabrook has been out with a leg injury since falling into the boards Sunday against Edmonton ... Defenceman Ian White will be back in the lineup when the Detroit Red Wings host the Calgary Flames Wednesday. White has been out since Nov. 12 with a broken cheekbone. The Wings also sent forward Fabian Brunnstrom to Grand Rapids of the AHL ... The New York Islanders called up forward Michael Haley from Bridgeport of the AHL. Haley got the call when the Isles put defenceman Mark Eaton on injured reserve with a sprained MCL in his left knee ... Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht, who hasn't played in the regular season after being concussed during the first practice in training camp, expects to play Wednesday against the Boston Bruins. He will likely play with rookies Luke Adam and Corey Tropp.


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