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Turris 'can't wait' to keep building on team's success

Senators centre anxious for opportunity to extend his growth into 2012-13 season

Tuesday, 21.08.2012 / 3:47 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Turris \'can\'t wait\' to keep building on team\'s success
Senators centre Kyle Turris wants to keep building on the career numbers he posted in 2011-12, his first season in the Ottawa lineup after a December trade with the Coyotes (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images).

Almost from the moment his first season in an Ottawa Senators jersey came to an end, Kyle Turris has been thinking about the next one.

Needless to say, it can't start soon enough for the man who raised the roof at Scotiabank Place in a major way with a game-winning overtime goal in Game 4 of the Senators' first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

"I can't wait," Turris said with a grin and an eye toward the 2012-13 season. "From the minute that Game 7 (against the Blueshirts) finished last year ... it was a tough one to take but, at the same time, right away I was excited to start next season and get back at it, so we can carry on our ways and grow."

For the 23-year-old Turris, the December trade that brought him to Ottawa from the Phoenix Coyotes opened a world of new possibilities. In 49 games with the Senators, he produced 12 goals, 17 assists and 29 points — all National Hockey League career highs. Turris believes the best is yet to come, telling ottawasenators.com late last season that he believes he can be a 30-goal scorer someday.

With that thought in mind, the native of New Westminster, B.C., stayed in Ottawa for more than two months after the Senators' season ended in late April, working with conditioning coach Chris Schwarz to build more strength — something he believes he's achieved. After spending some time at home in British Columbia and visiting with his girlfriend's (Julie) family in Minnesota, Turris returned to the capital at the beginning of August to continue preparations for the new season.

"It's been great working with Schwarzy on things we want to get better at over the summer — getting stronger and putting on some weight," Turris, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, said following a skate at the Bell Sensplex. "I feel really good."

That would also sum up the feelings of a team that, after pushing the Eastern Conference champion Rangers to the limit in April, feels poised to achieve even better things in the season to come.

"We're all confident in our abilities as a team," said Turris. "It's a lot of work to jell and combine together as a team over the course of a season. That's why we had so much success over the course of last season and into the playoffs. We're just going to have to do that again this year and everyone's excited to get back at it."

Turris is also looking forward to the prospect of having free-agent acquisition Guillaume Latendresse, who signed with Senators on July 1, on his left wing. The 6-2, 230-pound Latendresse was a 27-goal scorer with the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens in 2009-10 before running into injury troubles the last two seasons.

"I think it's exciting," Turris said of that possibility. "It's going to be fun. He's a big, skilled player and he's obviously a good player. It's going to be a good addition for us and fun to have him as a part of our team."

The extra time he's spent in Ottawa this summer has also given Turris a chance to immerse himself into life in the capital and he's been a familiar face at community events. It's a city he's truly happy to call his hockey home.

"I love it," said Turris. "I enjoy every minute of it (here). It's fun to go out and support different charities and learn more about them. I really enjoy going to those events and spending time in the city."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21