Arizona Coyotes Set Asking Price For Jakob Chychrun

After already trading Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland and Darcy Kuemper, the Arizona Coyotes still might not be done. According to The Fourth Period, Arizona is asking for two first-round picks for defenseman Jakob Chychrun. This was revealed on The NHL Network.

Chychrun has four years left on a very affordable contract that will pay him $4.6 million per season. In fact, that's honestly a lot less than he should be making. For the 2021-22 season, he does not have any no-movement clauses either. Thus, if the Coyotes actually are interested in trading him, they would have zero restrictions over the destination. Still, it's hard to think of a real reason why'd they even set an asking price for him in the first place.

Although the Coyotes are in the middle of a big rebuild, it is surprising that the idea of trading Chychrun is even being thought about. In 56 games this season, he scored 18 goals and recorded 41 points, which were both second on the entire team. He also is still only 23 years old, so he is just entering his prime. In my honest opinion and likely all of hockey fandom, this is the type of player Arizona should be building their franchise around. 

The 2016 first-round pick is only getting better with each season. In 290 career games thus far, he has 46 goals, 75 assists and 121 points. We will have to wait and see if an actual move goes down from here. 

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