Kyle Turris’s trip down memory lane here Tuesday included reminders of his first National Hockey League game his first NHL goal and his first NHL playoff game.

However there were no “Welcome Back Kyle” signs to go along with those feelings.

“That’s fine by me” Turris said before the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Phoenix Coyotes his previous employers. “It’s pro sports. I don’t think the fans quite understand but it happens and I’ve moved on.”

In 2007 the Coyotes drafted Turris third overall behind Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk but he could never grab a foothold or consistent ice time in Phoenix. At first he bounced back and forth between the NHL and the minors and then he battled to get more than third- or fourth-line minutes under Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.

After his three-year entry-level contract expired Turris stayed away in what became a drawn-out often ugly public feud between his agent and Coyotes general manager Don Maloney. Turris eventually signed a new deal in November 2011 but only two weeks later was dealt to the Senators in exchange for defenceman David Rundblad.

Turris chose not to elaborate Tuesday on his issues with Tippett and Maloney saying only that he was “over the moon happy” with the Senators and suggested he was better suited as a player for the Senators’ style.

Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean acknowledged that the Coyotes played a different system than the Senators but he also expressed a belief that Turris would have eventually been successful if he had stayed in Phoenix.

“When you’re a good player you can play in any system” MacLean said. “If Kyle had stayed here matured here three years later he would probably still be a very good player on their team. If you’re a good player in one place you’re usually a good player everywhere else too.”