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Coyotes trade Hanzal to Wild

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The Arizona Coyotes traded forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White, along with their 2017 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Minnesota’s 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, a 2019 conditional pick, and center Grayson Downing. The move occurred prior to the Coyotes game against the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night.

Hanzal played in ten seasons with the Coyotes, amassing 313 points in 608 games. Hanzal struggled with injuries, as he never played a full season in the desert. The most games he has played in since the 2010-2011 season was when he suited up for 65 in 2013-14.

White became a fan favorite in Arizona, winning the fans over with his hard work and grit. He racked up 13 points for the Coyotes, and brings extra toughness to the playoff-bound Wild.

The condition for the 2019 pick is this- if the Wild do not win a playoff series, then it is a fourth round pick. If the Wild win one playoff series, it turns into a third round pick. If the Wild advance to the conference finals, then the pick becomes a second round choice. Hanzal must also play in half of the Wild’s playoff games.

Downing is an undrafted free agent who signed with the Wild in 2015. He has yet to make his NHL debut, and has 66 points in 108 career games in the American Hockey League.

The Coyotes currently sit second-to-last in the NHL with 51 points. One can expect them to make a few more moves before the trade deadline.

Radim Vrbata, who is in the midst of a nine game point streak, will more than likely be dealt on Wednesday. Shane Doan is another name that has floated around. However, it has become more unlikely he will be traded.

Hanzal is projected to be the Wild’s third center behind Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu. If that is the case, he will most likely play along side veterans Zach Parise and Jason Pominville. There’s a chance Minnesota inserts the big-bodied center into the their power-play scheme, as well.

The Wild lead the Chicago Blackhawks by one point for the top spot in the Central Division.

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