The Arizona Coyotes unloaded another top player before the NHL trade deadline, sending defenseman Jakob Chychrun to the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa sends Arizona a 2023 first-round pick, a conditional 2024 second-round pick and a 2026 second-round pick to Arizona.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Jakob for everything he has done for the Coyotes on and off the ice over the past seven seasons,” said GM Bill Armstrong.
“Jacob is a wonderful person, a true professional and classy, and we wish him all the best for the future.”
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The Senators are trying to make a playoff push. They sit in sixth place in the Atlantic Division at 30-26-4, and the 24-year-old Chychrun is a nice piece to shore up their back end.
Chychrun is no stranger to trade rumors, and they’ve been swirling around him for more than a year as Arizona continues to struggle. He was a bright spot on the team that drafted him 16th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.
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By going into full rebuild mode — Arizona traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere earlier Wednesday — the Senators jumped at the chance to land a young talent who won’t become a free agent until 2025.
“A defenseman we’ve been craving, Jakob is big and plays big,” Senators GM Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He has a quality skill set, defends hard and is very skilled. He uses his heavy shot with precision and is effective in creating offense as a threat on the offensive blue line.”
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At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Chychrun has a prototypical defenseman build and uses it to his advantage near the boards and around the net. Although the Coyotes haven’t fared well, he is plus-8 in 36 games with seven goals and 21 assists this season.
Chychrun will likely pair with Ottawa’s Jake Sanderson, while Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub remain atop the defensive line.
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That could change quickly depending on how Chychrun acclimates to the team.