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Jakob Chychrun Wants Out Of Arizona But Where Could He Go?

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun has been the subject of trade speculation for months. On Wednesday, he admitted that he has asked to be moved to a contender. So where will he land?
Jakob Chychrun

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun has been the subject of trade speculation for months. On Wednesday, he admitted that he has asked to be moved to a contender.

Speaking with reporters during the opening day of Coyotes training camp, Chychrun said he had plenty of discussion with his family before making the request. The 24-year-old blueliner claimed he's been in constant communication with management about the matter and remains hopeful that they can accommodate his request.

Chychrun spent his entire seven-year NHL career with the Coyotes. They only reached the playoffs once during that time, during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season as the result of a play-in round. He believes he's reached the point in his career where he'd like to contend for the Stanley Cup. He's

Despite suffering several injuries in his NHL career, Chychrun's puck-moving skills and affordable $4.6-million cap hit through 2024-25 make him an enticing trade commodity.

Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong is said to be seeking a package that advances his ongoing rebuild of the Coyotes. It's believed he wants one or two first-round picks, a top prospect, or a good young NHL player as part of the return.

Armstrong entertained offers for Chychrun prior to the 2022 trade deadline and into the off-season. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators were reportedly interested during the off-season but found the asking price too high, a refrain frequently heard in the rumor mill throughout the summer.

Chychrun's public admission of his trade request ensures he'll remain a fixture in the rumor mill. Time will tell if it entices a contender to meet Armstrong's asking price or pressures the Coyotes GM to seek a lesser return. 

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