This Young Prospect Could Be Involved in a Major NHL Trade

October 23, 2022  (12:45)

It's no secret that the Arizona Coyotes have been listening to trade packages for their defenseman Jakob Chychrun. At least a half dozen teams have expressed interest in the 24 year-old blueliner.

It seems the only reason lately as to why he hasn't been moved is because he has yet to play a game this new season. He's trying to recuperate from wrist surgery and until he is ready to go, teams are leary about consummating a deal for him.
One such proposed trade option, as per Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun, includes prospect Nick Robertson. The Leafs have an abundance of talented forwards which makes them an offensive dynamo.
Where they are lacking is on the blueline. A player like Chychrun can really assist with that dilemma. While he is bit injury prone, he has value that the Toronto club can use to advance them past the first round in the postseason.
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He also carries a reasonable cap hit of $4.6 million for the next three seasons. The attributes the Leafs should be attracted to is he has a great shot, is physical and mobile. He averaged 23 minutes of ice time last season, leading the Yotes.
As for Robertson, while the Toronto team certainly likes his play, he could be used to acquire the biggest need the team has... defensive improvement.
He has only played in one game, he scored twice in that contest against the Dallas Stars. Nick Robertson could be a prolific scorer like his brother Jason who collected 41 goals last season with Dallas.
Nick is the perfect example of what Coyotes' GM Bill Armstrong is looking for in a prospective deal for Chychrun. From Chychrun's point of view, his wish is to go to a contender who has a good shot at winning a Cup. He may get his wish.
Another factor GM Kyle Dubas must consider in this trade example is the status of defenseman Jake Muzzin. He could be out for the season, and his $5.625 million cap hit will need to be factored into any deal.
If Muzzin doesn't return that gives Dubas much needed flexibility to make some pivotal moves. Keep in mind, Dubas DOES NOT have a contract for next season. For him it's now or never to get his team further in the playoffs than what they've done recently.
While Armstrong really has no deadline, he has stated that he expects to get what he wants for a return, or there may not be a trade. For Dubas, he knows other teams are vying for Chychrun's services and the longer he waits the less chance he will be able to add the valuable blueliner to his roster.
So, it seems that once Chychrun gets back in action (he has been practicing and traveling with the team) the wheels of dealmaking will accelerate accordingly.
This Young Prospect Could Be Involved in a Major NHL Trade

Would you trade Robertson and a 1st for Chychrun?

Yes! Do it!2226.5 %
No, Leafs should keep him2327.7 %
Dubas is on the hot seat, he'll do it1315.7 %
Chychrun is overrated... don't need him2530.1 %
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