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Turris trade looking pretty good now; Regin out with shoulder injury

Pittsburgh Penguins v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 16: Peter Regin #13 of the Ottawa Senators gets tripped by Matt Niskanen #2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on December 16, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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The Senators move to trade for Kyle Turris is looking a whole lot smarter now.

Sens center Peter Regin, who has battled shoulder problems for the last two seasons, is out yet again with an injury to the same shoulder that kept him out of action for most of this season. While Regin didn’t get the shoulder operated on when he hurt it last time in October, but he may have to go that route again to repair the damage done.

Ottawa’s trade for Turris now looks a lot better because they can have him slide in on the second line while guys like Zack Smith and Zenon Konopka can take control of the bottom two lines. Regin is due to be a restricted free agent this summer and getting his shoulder operated on would almost certainly end his season.

Turris did well in his first game, but doing well in the long run was always his issue in Phoenix. That is, it was his problem when it didn’t involve getting doomed to the press box by the coach and holding out all summer for a new contract. Hey, new challenges are fun, right? Turris would do well to seize the opportunity.