Chychrun still orders trade from Coyotes

Scottsdale, Arizona – Jacob Chekron He said he still wants to be traded from the Arizona Coyotes, but the 24-year-old defender is still on their list with training camp set to open Thursday.

Chychrun said he and Coyotes agreed early last season that it was best for each party to be traded, but this did not happen before the NHL trade deadline, during the NHL draft or off-season when Chychrun underwent surgery on his wrist and ankle. He is expected to be ready when Arizona opens the season at the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 13.

Chychrun did not hold back on his request, but there is no clear sign of when the wolves would meet him; Arizona finished last season 25-50-7, was the last in the Central Division, and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs in nine of the past 10 seasons.

“The team approached me several times, one before [2021-22 season]With physicals and meetings with the Coyotes early in the season and we’ve just had discussions about where I’ve been mentally and where the team is,” Chychrun said on Wednesday. I explained whether this rebuilding would be difficult or difficult for me, if I wanted to be in a different situation, they would be prepared for it and make it happen.

“[I] I decided to accept this offer and try to move into a better situation [because of] My desire is to win this league. Jobs are so short, time is running out fast, and I’m in my seventh year in the NHL. It’s just crazy.

“I don’t want these years to go on and I’m 10 or 12 and I haven’t had a good chance of not just in the playoffs, but winning the Stanley Cup. That’s really my mindset and where I think the team understands that, to move into a position that has a chance of winning and a team that is fighting for Stanley Cup.

Arizona will likely be seeking a big package in return, at least one proven player and multiple options, for Chychrun, who had 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 47 games last season and led the NHL defenders with 18 goals in 2020-21 . It might be worthwhile for Chychrun to have a relatively affordable contract: He owes $4.6 million for each of the next three seasons.

“Well, if you think about it, he’s #1 [defenseman] …with a team friend contract and someone who scored 18 goals the previous year, so he’s made a huge impact on your team,” Bill Armstrong, Coyotes General Manager said in March. “It would be crazy to move him unless he pushes your team forward.”

Arizona’s 57 points last season had the second lowest score in the National Hockey League versus 55 in the Montreal Canadiens.

“I understand how reconstructions work,” Cicero said. “I think it (trade) can be mutually beneficial.”

When Chychrun was rehabilitating an ankle injury he sustained on March 12, doctors discovered a bony spur in his ankle that needed to be removed. Since he was already having one, Chychrun decided to also have surgery to fix a wrist injury that had bothered him all last season.

Chychrun won’t be on the ice when Coyotes Camp opens on Thursday because he wasn’t allowed to shoot.

No matter where he plays, Chychrun expects to have a bounce season; He earned a NHL high of 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 56 games in 2020-21, and has 142 points (53 goals, 89 assists) in 337 NHL games during six seasons with Arizona, Which selected him in the first round (#16) of the 2016 NHL Draft.

“Things are looking really good,” he said. “I’m in really good shape mentally. Physically, I feel like I’m in exceptional shape and I’m just ready to keep moving forward.”

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