It's been a busy off-season for Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong. He's shipped out core players Darcy Kuemper, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland in deals designed to shed long-term salary and restock his club's prospect pipeline.
There's talk Christian Dvorak could be next on the trade block.
Dvorak is signed through 2024-25 with an annual cap hit of $4.45 million. While his two-way play and affordable contract make him a hot commodity, AZ Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan believes Armstrong could be reluctant to part with him. He speculates the asking price could be two prospects or a prospect and a first-round draft pick.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman speculated Dvorak could be shopped between now and the start of this season. “He's a physical banging center who can get points. Those guys are hard to find. There's lots of teams out there that really like him.”
With David Krejci returning to the Czech Republic, Morgan suggested the Boston Bruins could be interested in Dvorak. On July 21, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's John Gambadoro suggested the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights as potential suitors. Friedman speculated the Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks could come calling.
Dvorak could be a good fit with the promising Senators. They have over $29 million in projected cap space and plenty of promising assets to dangle as trade bait. The Flames and Wild have cap space but also several key restricted free agents to re-sign. The remaining clubs could find it difficult adding Dvorak given their respective cap restrictions.