Wild Acquire Centers Hanzal, White From Arizona

Posted February 28, 2017

In acquiring center Martin Hanzal, the Minnesota Wild are going all in trying to win the Stanley Cup this season. The move occurred prior to the Coyotes game against the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night.

He had 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games for the Coyotes this season.

Minnesota also surrendered a 2019 fourth-round draft pick conditional to its postseason success this year. Under first-year head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Wild must feel it's an appropriate time to take a swing for the fences.

"Hopefully, it poses matchup problems for opposing teams", Fletcher said.

Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata has generated plenty of interest from several teams and is expected to be the next player the Coyotes trade.

The Wild didn't give up any of their prospects or current roster players, but Arizona continued to build toward its future by stockpiling draft picks. The Wild get Arizona's 2017 4th-round pick in the deal as well.

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The Minnesota Wild are serious Stanley Cup contenders, and in an effort to become more serious about that pursuit, they are pushing an very bad lot of poker chips to the middle of the table. White has seven goals and six helpers in 46 contests.

Among active pro athletes, only Shane Doan and Larry Fitzgerald had played in the Valley longer than Hanzal, who recorded 117 goals and 196 assists during his 10 seasons in Arizona.

Aside from Hanzal, the Wild are also getting White, a 28-year-old center who has scored 58 points over his 294-game National Hockey League career. He can play both specialty teams.

As reported by Postmedia, the Senators have scoured the rental market to see what they can get before the deadline.

Martin Hanzal has been a highly underrated part of the Coyotes for some time now. Chayka said that was an expression of frustration from the veteran winger who could also be dealt to a contender.

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