The Arizona Coyotes traded forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White, along with their 2017 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Minnesota's 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, a 2019 conditional pick, and center Grayson Downing. They lead the Western Conference with 84 points, and the trade for Hanzal is a clear indication that they're going for it this season. A 6-foot-6, 225-pound two-way player, Hanzal has also won 56 percent of his faceoffs this season - a number coach Bruce Boudreau cares very much about. The Wild get Arizona's 2017 4th-round pick in the deal as well. Further, Hanzal has driven play well this year with a Corsi For % of 52.2, the fourth highest CF% on the Coyotes, and he has supressed shots well while shorthanded with only 44.72 Shots Against/60, the second best on the Coyotes. When you see the price paid, and what the Ducks gave up to acquire Patrick Eaves from the Stars, staying away from the big names might be the smart move anyway.
In addition to Vrbata, the Coyotes are willing to listen to offers on captain Shane Doan, who was visibly frustrated Sunday night after the team completed their trade with Minnesota. He was named an American Hockey League All-Star this season with the Wild's affiliate, the Iowa Wild, where he registered 18 goals and 18 assists in 47 contests.
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An unrestricted free agent this summer, Hanzal could prompt the Wild to re-sign him if he performs well down the stretch and could be signed at an affordable rate.
Hanzal must also play in half of the Wild's playoff games. "We wish him the best of the luck in the future". The Wild have the three-time Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on their heels in the Central, and Fletcher knew it before making this trade.