NHL Rumors: Coyotes Willing To Make Chychrun Trade Work

The Arizona Coyotes have been patient for a while in trying to find the perfect return for Jakob Chychrun. Now that the 2022-23 season is just about under way, trade talk is ramping up. He is a very sought after defenceman since his cap hit is low, his potential is high, and he has proven to be a very strong offensive defenceman.

The Coyotes have a ton of cap space to work with this year and they have been more than open to taking on bad contracts to execute trades. The best example of this is the trade that sent Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Vancouver Canucks last offseason. Darren Dreger reported that, "the Coyotes are willing to take on contracts to facilitate a Jakob Chychrun deal."

This comes as no shock, as many teams are near or at the salary cap at this point in the offseason. The patience of the Coyotes may also pay off considering some teams are now more desperate to fill a hole and add a great piece on defence for a few seasons. Chychrun is under contract for three more seasons with a cap hit of $4.6 million. The 24-year-old has yet to hit his prime and scored 18 goals in 56 games two seasons ago. Injuries may be a concern, but he is worth a big return and worth trading for by most teams in pursuit of a Stanley Cup within the next three seasons.

There are a few teams more serious about acquiring Chychrun including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and Ottawa Senators. All have the resources needed to make a deal if they really wanted to and they get to keep the prospects they value the most.

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