NOVEMBER 5, 2017 | 8:57am ET
COULD THE BLUES GO AFTER TURRIS?
Kyle Turris, centre
Friday night's trade-that-didn't-happen involving the Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators could result in a new team entering the mix in place of another.
On Friday, the Senators came close to trading Kyle Turris and some draft picks and a prospect or two in a three-way trade with the Predators and Avalanche in which Ottawa would have received Matt Duchene from the Avs.
According to various reports, the hold up came from Nashville's end, though it is not clear as to what broke talks down -- at least for the time being.
Many have speculated that the Predators would want to negotiate a contract extension with Turris' agent, Kurt Overhardt, before agreeing to a trade.
The Predators have expressed interest in Turris for some time, but they aren't the only team eyeing him.
According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, the St. Louis Blues "showed interest in Turris during the pre-season."
Turris is believed to be looking for a seven- or eight-year contract worth around $6 million to $6.5 million per season, while the Senators have so far tabled a five-year deal and may not be interested in going beyond six years, which is why the team has explored the marketplace.
The Blues have been looking to bolster their center position, but the team is right up against the salary cap. Even with cap relief from having Patrik Berglund on long-term injury reserve, the team would likely need to move a roster player in order to accommodate Turris' $3.9 million cap hit or that of another player's.
St. Louis' 11-3-1 start to the season may keep Blues GM Doug Armstrong from tinkering with his roster, but if the right opportunity presented itself, he would most certainly weight all options.