The Arizona Coyotes unloaded one other high participant previous to the NHL commerce deadline, sending defenseman Jakob Chychrun to the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa is sending a 2023 first-round draft choose, a 2024 conditional second-round choose and a 2026 second-round choose to Arizona.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Jakob for everything he did for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past seven seasons,” GM Bill Armstrong stated.
“Jakob is a tremendous person, a true pro and a class act, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
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The Senators try to make a push to the playoffs. They are in sixth place within the Atlantic Division at 30-26-4, and the 24-year-old Chychrun is an effective piece to shore up their again finish.
Chychrun is not any stranger to commerce rumors, and so they’ve been swirling round him for greater than a 12 months as Arizona continues to wrestle. He’s been a vivid spot on the crew that drafted him sixteenth total within the 2016 NHL Draft.
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Going into full rebuild mode — Arizona traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere earlier Wednesday — the Senators jumped on the chance to land a younger expertise who gained’t develop into a free agent till 2025.
“A defenseman we’ve coveted, Jakob is big and plays imposing,” Senators GM Pierre Dorion stated in a press release. “He possesses a quality skill set; he defends hard and is highly skilled. He uses his heavy shot with accuracy and is effective at creating offense as a threat at the offensive blue line.”
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At 6-foot-2, 220 kilos, Chychrun has a prototypical defenseman construct and makes use of it to his benefit close to the boards and round his internet. While the Coyotes haven’t fared nicely, he owns a plus-8 over 36 video games with seven objectives and 21 assists this season.
Chychrun will possible pair with Ottawa’s Jake Sanderson, whereas Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub stay as the highest line of defense.
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That may shortly change relying on how Chychrun acclimates to the crew.