NHL Trade Rumors: 3 Trade Targets for Utah to Make a Splash

The Arizona Coyotes have relocated to Utah and while the team doesn't have a nickname quite yet, they do have a new sense of direction. Owner Ryan Smith has made things very clear that this won't be the same ol' Coyotes were used to, prioritizing draft picks and futures over wins. 

Smith wants to win and win now and look for the team to make a series of homerun-style moves as they loved to revamp the roster and win the attention of their new fanbase. Here's three trade targets the Utah (Yetis?) will likely be having conversations on:

Trevor Zegras

The Anaheim Ducks are going to listen to offers this summer on Zegras and after a very disappointing season for the flashy forward, perhaps a change of scenery to Utah is exactly what the doctor ordered. Zegras finished the 2023-24 season with just six goals and 15 points in 31 games, thanks to getting a late start to the season and a slew of injuries. He was coming off a career-best 65-point season and has all the potential in the world to be a point-a-game player. Zegras skill level is off the charts, he can get fans out of their seats and is likely someone Utah takes a look at this summer.

Jakob Chychrun

A player the players in Utah will be familiar with, Chychrun spent parts of seven seasons with the Coyotes organization and is someone the Senators are going to have conversations about this summer. He'd give Utah a huge boost on their blueline and at the moment, has one season left on his deal at just $4.6 million. Chychrun does hold a 10-team no-trade clause so it's unknown at this time if the franchise is on the list but there's no doubt Utah has the assets to meet the Senator demands. It was pretty obvious during the end of the season press conference that Chychrun's days with the Sens are coming to end sooner than later and expect to see him moved at the NHL Entry Draft or early on this summer. 

Filip Gustavsson

Look for Utah to try and get some new blood in their crease as Karel Vejmelka is a prime trade candidate. The Minnesota Wild could be interested in moving Gustavsson as Marc-Andre Fleury is not retiring and the team also has their goalie of the future, Jesper Wallstedt. Gustavsson appeared in 45 games this season for the Wild, posting a 3.06 GAA. He doesn't have any trade protection on his contract, as he's owed $3.75 million AAV the next two seasons. 

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