Martin Hanzal has been dealt to Minnesota
The Arizona Coyotes have traded forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White along with a 2017 fourth round pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2017 first round pick, a 2018 second round pick, and a 2019 conditional pick.
30-year-old Martin Hanzal is in the final year of his $3.5 million AAV contract and will be a solid second or third line center for the Wild as they head into the playoffs. Hanzal has 16 goals and 10 assists this season with the Coyotes. He has spent his entire 9 year NHL career with the Coyotes, scoring 287 points in 557 games in that time.
Ryan White was just thrown into this deal to give the Wild a little more protection for their star players heading into the seasons end. White was in the middle of his first season with the Coyotes in which he scored 5 goals and 4 assists and amassed 70 penalty minutes.
The Coyotes have now traded away Michael Stone, Martin Hanzal, and Ryan White with more expected to come before the deadline. Radim Vrbata could be the next name to move from Arizona.
The Minnesota Wild have cemented themselves as a top team in the league and look to be going for a championship now as they solidify their lineup down the center by adding Hanzal without sacrificing any roster players. Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu, and Hanzal will now be the team’s top three center ice men. That’s championship depth if I’ve ever seen it.