Trade Possibility: Martin Hanzal
Continuing to reform their team, the Arizona Coyotes may be moving on from another veteran. Martin Hanzal, drafted 17th overall in 2005, has played all 557 of his career games with the Coyotes and has 287 points in that time.
Hanzal is known for being a two-way forward and for his work on the Coyotes’ penalty kill. He is currently on a friendly deal with one more year at 3.1 million, and Arizona can still eat some cap if they please. He has not put up the most dynamic scoring numbers in recent years, but is still a good second line center that will average you .50 points-per-game.
Many cap-strapped teams will be interested in Hanzal’s services. He would be a nice fit in the Los Angeles Kings’ organization in my opinion. The Rangers should have interest as well. He could also be a fallback option for the Red Wings, depending on how their offseason shakes out.
John Chayka is in a good position regarding Martin Hanzal. He can trade him now if he wants and perhaps garner a larger return, or hold onto him and have a top-six center in Arizona’s lineup at the start of the season and trade him at the deadline if things are looking grim.
This situation is 50/50 in my eyes. There will undoubtedly be a lot of interest in Hanzal, but whether or not Arizona truly wants to move him is the question.