Sun Oct 03 05:51pm EDT
The final roster spot on the Phoenix Coyotes came down to former No. 3 overall pick Kyle Turris(notes) and former Vancouver Canucks forward Kyle Wellwood(notes), who was attending camp on a tryout contract.
Whether it was due to financial considerations or, as GM Don Maloney claimed, Turris was the better player in the preseason, Wellwood was cut on Friday.
What's next for him? Hint: What's the Russian phrase for "Kyle Wellwood is so fat that ..."?
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports that the well-conditioned Wellwood is headed to the Kontinental Hockey League to play for Atlant, which is also home to former AHL star Chris Bourque(notes) and the great Jan Bulis. Kypreos reported that it's "believed with bonuses he'll receive over $1 million" in the KHL, which buys a whole lotta poutine.
We mourn the loss of Kyle Wellwood humor for at least the next season in the NHL, and wish him the best in the KHL. Word of advice: When they hand you a large paper bag after the game, it's not a double cheeseburger and a onion rings -- it's your salary.
Meanwhile, there was a bit of a surprise in Vancouver Canucks camp as veteran Brendan Morrison(notes) was released from his tryout deal. It was a combination of salary considerations (the Canucks are still roughly $800,000 over the cap after waiving Shane O'Brien(notes) and Darcy Hordichuk(notes) on Saturday) and the plan for the Canucks to be grittier down the lineup.
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