Jakob Chychrun made his season debut Monday night, prompting trade chatter to boil up again. It was obvious that there would be renewed interest in the Arizona Coyotes defenseman on the trade market. Teams will now be able to see how he performs, as he has returned from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered back in March and underwent wrist surgery in the offseason.
The Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and Columbus Blue Jackets were reportedly interested in Chychrun ahead of the season, and we bet they’ll keep a close eye now that he’s back.
However, those interested teams might get scared off by GM Bill Armstrong’s asking price. We all expect Chychrun to go for a lot if he gets traded ahead of the March deadline, but what Pierre LeBrun revealed on Insider Trading on TSN last night proves that gas prices aren’t the only thing going up.
On Monday, Chychrun was paired with Shayne Gostisbehere, but failed to record a point and posted a -1 rating.
He recorded 21 points in 47 games last season, and he collected 18 goals and 23 assists in 56 contests the year prior, finishing 10th in Norris Trophy voting.
Chychrun is under contract through 2024-25 at $4.6 million annually.