Sunday, February 26, 2017

NHL trade review: Coyotes trade Hanzal, White to Wild

The Minnesota Wild have acquired center Martin Hanzal, right winger Ryan White, and a 4th round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Arizona Coyotes for a first round draft pick in 2017, a second rounder in 2018, a conditional 4th rounder in 2019, and F Grayson Downing. Let's get into details.
      The Wild are Cup contenders. They are first in the Western conference (second in the NHL) with 84 points (a record of 39-14-6). A guy like Hanzal could help them hopefully make the first Stanley Cup final appearance in franchise history. But they gave up WAY too much for him. He's a rental player, and an upcoming UFA, and it's not like he's a superstar. But GM Chuck Fletcher knows what he's doing. Hanzal is a solid top 6 center, and White can be a 4th line grinder. Hanzal, 30, has 26 points (16 goals and 10 assists) in 51 games this season. He isn't afraid to take penalties, with 43 PIM this year. White, 28, has 13 points (7 goals and 6 assists) in 46 games this season, his first in the desert.
         The Coyotes are obviously rebuilders. GM John Chayka has already traded defenseman Michael Stone this season, and it's not a surprise Hanzal is gone too. The Coyotes will also retain 50% of Hanzal's contract, but he's a rental player so it doesn't hurt their future. They received a bundle of picks, including top ones, for a player who they probably wouldn't have next year. The lone player they received, Downing, is more of an AHL player than a NHL one. Downing, 24, has never played in the NHL before. He has 21 points (7 goals and 14 assists) in 46 games for Iowa (AHL) this season. He will join Jeremy Morin as new acquisitions for Tucson (AHL).  

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