Ryan White and a fourth-round pick are also headed to the Wild. Arizona receives a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick, and a conditional pick that could become a second-round pick in 2019, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from ARI to MIN for picks as specified here: https://t.co/VBUkOjV4DA— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2017
Hanzal is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had a productive February for the Coyotes, scoring five goals in the last month. It’s not a huge offensive outburst, but the sudden production from the veteran did wonders for his trade value.
Martin Hanzal is a third-liner with good shot impacts and some power-play results. How that's worth a high 1st is beyond me. pic.twitter.com/wPut3Xbd2u— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 27, 2017
The center had been linked to the Canadiens as a possible trade candidate as early as late January, but Minnesota apparently came on stronger as the deadline approached. With the Coyotes out of the playoff picture, Arizona wisely decided to deal Hanzal while he was hot in return for assets it can use in the future.
Hanzal has been with the Coyotes’ organization through the first nine-plus seasons of his NHL career. In 606 games, Hanzal has 311 points and is a fine veteran pickup for the Wild to secure their bottom-six scoring depth.
Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher is on a hot streak when it comes to scoring depth lately: Eric Staal and Chris Stewart have re-found their games under Bruce Boudreau’s tutelage, and the Wild are currently neck-and-neck with the Blackhawks atop the Western Conference.
But the price he paid for a rental, bottom-six player sure seems pretty high.