There have been rumours of a Jakob Chychrun trade for what seems like an eternity. He is one of the few members of the Arizona Coyotes who has been with the team through this dark period of the franchise’s history. But that does not mean his place on the team has been stable. At this point, he has probably been attached in trade rumblings to almost every other team in the league.
Said rumours have been escalating through the preseason and early days of the 2022-23 season. Chychrun is currently on injured reserve, a common theme during his career, recovering from offseason wrist surgery. However, he is supposed to begin skating with the team soon.
When he is in the lineup, Chychrun is a stable defender who can, in the right situation, make an impact on the scoresheet. It is hard to gauge his actual impact on account of spending his career on some bad Coyotes teams, but a career-high of 41 points in 56 games back in 2020-21 indicates he could be a great option for a team looking to get some more offense from the defense and change things up on the powerplay.
Also working in his favour is a very affordable $4.6 million cap hit through 2024-25. With the number of teams strapped for cap space already, a deal where Arizona retains cap space makes it easier for many teams to clear the cap space needed for a Jakob Chychrun trade.
The concern, and a huge detriment to his potential trade value, is health. The most games he has ever played in a season is 68 in his rookie year. The ask that the Coyotes will want for Chychrun is a lot for a guy who is likely to miss a third of the season.
All that being said, the reported ask on the Coyotes’ end includes a first-round pick and prospect(s), possibly even more if the Coyotes end up taking on a contract in return. So this is a big deal for a team to give up on what might be a high-risk asset.
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Jakob Chychrun Trade Destinations
The Edmonton Oilers are in a place where they are just beginning to enter their competitive window and looking to find ways to put their roster over the top. However, one of the most significant question marks on the roster is depth on the left side of their defense. Darnell Nurse, Brett Kulak, and Philip Broberg/Ryan Murray/Markus Niemelainen might not be good enough to be the stable presence a competitive team needs.
Hence, the interest in a Jakob Chychrun trade. He would immediately slot in on the second pair and give the Oilers the ability to ice three solid defensive pairings. Sure, it would push prospects out of the lineup which does suck. But, the team needs to find ways to win, and those prospects can develop in the minors or split time between leagues as needed.
Given the Coyotes’ asking price for Chychrun, Broberg seems to be the top candidate to head the other way with the Oilers’ first-rounder. Due to the cap situation in Edmonton, Arizona would also be retaining salary or taking on a contract, such as Warren Foegele, for another draft pick or two.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils have been trying to find a way to turn a corner in their rebuild for a couple of seasons now. But as of the early 2022-23 season, have had no luck. They’ve worked at building up a solid group of forwards, and it seems to be coming along but the core is still young and prone to streaks and slumps.
The defense is still in need of some work, however. The addition of Dougie Hamilton the last offseason helps, and the Devils do have a solid right side with him and Damon Severson. But the left side is a bit weak. Ryan Graves, Jonas Siegenthaler, and Brendan Smith may be playing a bit high in the lineup. Chychrun would immediately take the top pairing and push everyone down the lineup a bit, giving the Devils a more legitimate top pairing and overall defensive group.
At this point, the Devils do have an abundance of prospects or younger players that might appeal to Arizona. Someone like Alexander Holtz might be a starting point for the return package.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are a team to watch this season. A ton of new faces in the lineup and a talented collection of prospects making their way into the arena with the goal of creating a competitive Red Wings team again.
One possible step towards making that happen is a Jakob Chychrun trade. He is a flexible defender, able to play both sides, and would fit in nicely on the second pairing for the Red Wings.
Detroit has plenty of cap space at the moment so they’d be able to fit him in without any retained salary or cap dump, which makes the asking price lower. The Red Wings have a couple of prospects that haven’t really found their stride in the organization that might benefit from a change of scenery. Those being Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno. The Coyotes might want a better prospect in the trade as well as one of those, but it may let them get away with a lower draft pick to have a second decent prospect in the trade.
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