The youngest general manager in the history of the National Hockey League has just made his first trade.
According to an official release from the Arizona Coyotes the team has acquired a pair of draft picks from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a prospect and a draft pick of their own. Here are the details from the official announcement:
Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired the San Jose Sharks’ 2016 4th round draft choice (120th overall) and the Sharks’ 2017 3rd round draft choice (previously Detroit’s pick) in exchange for forward Maxim Letunov and a 2017 6th round draft choice.
It's a relatively minor deal for both sides and the motivation from at least Arizona's perspective is very clear. The Coyotes currently did not have a fourth round pick to meet the conditions of the trade they made with the Philadelphia Flyers when they acquired Sam Gagner. If Arizona did not have a 2016 4th round pick to compensate the Flyers, they would have been forced to give up their third in 2017.
However the news of the day remains the massive trade by the Maple Leafs involving one of their first round picks.