Coyotes Ship Hanzal to the Wild

by | Feb 26, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 5 comments

Arizona Coyotes trade center Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild.

TSN reports the Arizona Coyotes traded center Martin Hanzal and winger Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, a second-rounder in 2018,  a conditional pick in 2019 and minor-league center Grayson Downing.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie also reports the Wild receive back a 2017 fourth-rounder from the Coyotes. They’ll also retain half of Hanzal’s $3.1 million cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big move by Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher as he loads up at forward for what he hopes could be a championship run for his high-flying club this spring. He obviously wants his club to have sufficient size and grit should they square off against potential Western Conference playoff opponents like the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks. 

Some eyebrows were raised over how much Fletcher gave up for a couple of rental players. It’s worth remembering that this year’s draft isn’t considered a deep one, making that first rounder easier to part with. 

Hanzal, 30, is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. He isn’t a scoring forward, though he’s on pace for over 20 goals this season. It’s his size (6’6″, 226 pounds) and two-way skills that should make him a solid fit for the Wild as their likely third-line center. He has a long injury history, but is on track to reach the 80-game mark for the first time in his NHL career.

White is an energetic, physical winger. He should bring an added measure of grit to the Wild’s forward lines. 

Quite the haul of picks the constantly rebuilding Coyotes got from this deal. They wanted a first-rounder as part of their initial asking price (which reportedly included a good young forward) for Hanzal.

The Coyotes will either keep those picks for themselves or perhaps use them as trade bait at the deadline or during the draft weekend in June. They also might not be done dealing before the March 1 trade deadline. Right wings Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan could also be available. 


  1. I really hope the Leafs sell this year. With hauls like this there would be some great moves that would fit for completion in the rebuild.

    • I’m not sure what kind of defensive wizard Hanzal is but I just looked at his career offense stats….have to imagine return on JVR would be very high

  2. This is a pretty smart move for a team that has been building on their successes. If I were to make a guess this was probably done for reasons that were evident during the last game against the Hawks. They just out muscled and out maneuvered the Wild. I think they are a better team for the additions. Having a guy like Hanzel should help them on the penalty kill and in front of the net. This is getting interesting.

    • I agree Jshark this acquisition makes the Wild even stronger! A series between them and the Hawks would be fun to watch.

  3. Outbid Montreal for Hanzal and probably others.
    Cant teach size