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Jets Trade Little's Contract, Prospect Nathan Smith to Arizona

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Bryan Little and the rights to prospect Nathan Smith from the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round pick.
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The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Bryan Little and the rights to prospect Nathan Smith from the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round pick.

Little's NHL career is over due to an injury, so this is more just to move his $5.29-million cap hit through 2023-24. 

The big deal thing here, though, is Smith. Smith wasn't going to sign with Winnipeg, but the Minnesota State University forward had 18 goals and 49 points in NCAA play this season and might not be far away from being NHL ready. 

Smith played on USA's Olympic team in Beijing, putting up two points in a bottom-six role. At 23, Smith is already deep along his development path and the Coyotes could offer him an opportunity to play sooner rather than later.

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