The writing had long been on the wall for Kyle Turris and it was literally so days before his trade from the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Anaheim Ducks, like many teams, write the opposing team's lines on a grease board in the locker room on game day, and last Wednesday the Ducks had Turris centering the fourth line for Phoenix.
It was incorrect.
Turris didn't even play that night but the fact that he was in a fourth-line center role spoke to how far gone a conclusion his exodus from the desert had become.
After a six-game stint with the Coyotes that was pointless both literally and figuratively following a prolonged contract dispute, Turris was traded to Ottawa last Saturday for promising Swedish defenseman David Rundblad and a second-round pick.
The trade ended a holdout that threatened to make Turris ineligible to play this season and was one of the more derided episodes in the NHL.
But Turris said before that Anaheim game that he stood by his decision.
Asked if he would have done...