Wild trade for Hanzal and White

28 February, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Sam Montgomery

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild for future considerations. The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday. "We like our group, and we think our players deserve the best chance possible to compete and see what we can do". The 30-year-old Hanzal has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season.

The condition for the 2019 pick is this- if the Wild do not win a playoff series, then it is a fourth round pick.

There was speculation that the Blackhawks would go after Hanzal, who could solidify their depth chart up the middle, but LeBrun's report indicates that was never the case. Hanzal has been a better possession player than his team on average in nine of his ten National Hockey League seasons. "Obviously, I can assure you that this was the top price in the market for Martin Hanzal".

Doan, himself, has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate should the 21-year veteran choose to allow a deal to a team in contention for the Stanley Cup.

Ryan White meanwhile has seven goals and six assists in 46 games, along with a team leading 70 penalty minutes. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Hanzal must also play in half of the Wild's playoff games. Fletcher wanted to acquire the 6-foot-6 playmaker but also keep him away from competitors in the Western Conference.

However, captain Shane Doan didn't seem to feel that way, as evidenced by an in-game interview he conducted with Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona during the Coyotes' 3-2 win over Buffalo Sunday night. "He hasn't comes to me and said, 'Look, I want to pursue other opportunities.' And that's where we're at today".

Hanzal has several years left, but the Coyotes made a decision to move on by giving him a chance to win this year.

The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference.

"I'm open to adding, subtracting, lateral moves, whatever to make out team better and continue to grow", said Chayka.

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