GLENDALE, Ariz. Don Maloney was sitting in the coaches' office on Monday in Washington D.C. when he received an email on his phone. It was from Kyle Turris' agent, Kurt Overhardt, informing him that Turris had accepted the Coyotes' two-year contract offer.
"It was a little antic-climactic," said Maloney, who was with the team for the final game of their five-game road trip. "I had to think 'What was that two-year offer?'"
It was for two years and 2.8 million a far cry from the terms Turris was seeking back in September: a three-year deal worth an average of slightly more than 4 million, or a two-year deal worth an average of slightly more than 3 million.
"Kyle took a position. He made a business decision," Maloney said. "We just felt it was important to set a standard for how we operate in Phoenix. We pay people well for performance, but you have to perform to be paid."
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