No shortage of trade interest in Arizona’s Boedker
It is widely believed that Arizona forward Mikkel Boedker will be traded before or at the February 29th NHL trade deadline. The Austrian native has 37 points including 13 goals in 56 games this year.
Boedker, 26, has been with the Coyotes organization ever since he was drafted eighth overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft. Of the players in that draft, Boedker ranks tenth in points, behind Stamkos, Karlsson, Eberle, Doughty, Stepan, Bailey, Pietrangelo, Ennis and Carlson. Boedker has played all 439 of his career games with the club.
Boedker is reportedly (via Bob McKenzie) looking for a five or six year deal at or north of 5.5 million per season. Although Boedker is currently the highest scoring forward on the team, Anthony Duclair, Max Domi, and Tobias Rieder amongst others are right there knocking on the door and will need more ice time in the near future. Not to mention, they’ll all need new deals smack in the middle of Boedker’s wanted five or six years.
Boedker’s scoring touch and speed could help a lot of teams for a playoff run. Pittsburgh and Chicago have been the rumored interested, but more teams likely have silently expressed interest or will express interest in the next ten days leading up to the trade deadline.
The Rangers could be one team that may take a crack at him. With a closing window, they should try to get the Cup within the next two to three years and Boedker would help their cause this year.
Montreal would be a team I’d usually expect, but it is highly unlikely, barring a good run, that they make the playoffs. That takes them out of this sweepstakes.
Another good fit could be the Florida Panthers, but a lot of forwards would look nice there.
The list goes on and on, because Mikkel Boedker will be a nice asset in play at the trade deadline. Not every team will be willing to or able to cough up what Arizona wants, but there will be no shortage of inquiries.