Jakob Chychrun has been a fixture in the NHL rumor mill since the middle of last season. With the Ottawa Senators still in the market for a top-four defenseman, they've been linked to the 24-year-old Arizona Coyotes blueliner.
On July 18, the Ottawa Sun's Ken Warren suggested Chychrun could be a good addition among the Senators' top-four blueliners. Last Wednesday, TSN's Shawn Simpson took to Twitter reporting the feeling is the Coyotes could move Chychrun before training camp, adding the Senators were among the clubs in the mix.
Warren and Simpson acknowledged the Coyotes set a high asking price for Chychrun. It's been rumored that the asking price is heavy on futures including multiple first-round picks, a top prospect and/or a promising young NHL player. So far, no one has stepped up to meet it.
Craig Morgan, GOPHNX.com's Coyotes beat writer, indicates the Senators' rumored interest in Chychrun isn't coming from the Coyotes' side. He doesn't doubt that the rearguard might welcome a trade to the rising young club. Morgan also observed that Chychrun's family home is in Arnprior, 30 minutes away from their arena in Kanata.
Morgan doesn't rule out the possibility of the Coyotes moving Chychrun before training camp. However, he indicates general manager Bill Armstrong remains firm with his asking price and won't lower it. Armstrong also won't let this become a distraction for his club heading into this season.
Armstrong isn't under any pressure to trade Chychrun, who is under contract through 2024-25 with an annual cap hit of $4.6 million. The Coyotes GM can remain patient and wait until someone steps up with a worthwhile offer.