Arizona Coyotes Jakob Chychrun has been looking great since returning from his wrist injury. Monday night was his first game since March 12. Chychrun was scoreless in the Coyotes shootout loss to the Predators, but he managed to assist Lawson Crouse’s second goal of the night against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Chychrun has been the subject of trade rumors stretching back to last season, and the rumors exploded during the off-season. Many expect his days in the desert to be numbered and for the Coyotes to deliver him before the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline.
The Florida native would consider a poor year last season with 7 goals and 21 points in just 47 games. He was also the worst of his career -20 +/-. Aside from last year, he had consecutive career years in the previous two seasons. He has 53 goals and 90 assists for 143 points in 339 NHL career games.
That’s fantastic sums for a defender.
Jakob Chychrun has 17 career power play goals for the Arizona Coyotes.
Chychrun is rumored to be sold to one of three Canadian teams desperate for a good defender; Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators. The Maple Leafs in particular are currently missing almost all their regular defenders due to injuries.
The Oilers & Senators are also both struggling with the back end. A chychrun trade before the Christmas holidays could be the most opportune time for the Coyotes. The 24-year-old defenseman should give the Coyotes at least a first-round draft pick and possibly some high-end prospects. However, according to multiple media reports, the Coyotes and general manager Bill Armstrong are determined to get two first-round draft picks.
Chychrun still has 2 years left on his 6-year contract he signed in 2018, but after this season his modified no-trade clause will take effect and he can present the Coyotes with a 10-team no-trade list. So if he’s not in the Coyotes’ plans for the future, now is the time for general manager Bill Armstrong to trade the young defender and maximize his asset value.