Notable NHL Trades – March 1, 2023

by | Mar 1, 2023 | News, NHL, Rumors | 13 comments

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 3 at 3 pm ET but several NHL clubs aren’t waiting until Friday to make significant moves. Here’s a roundup of today’s notable deals.

The Ottawa Senators trade a conditional first-round pick in 2023, a conditional second-round pick in 2024 and a 2026 second-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Jakob Chychrun.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A fixture in the NHL rumor mill stretching back to last season, Chychrun is finally on the move. The Senators were frequently linked to the 24-year-old blueliner but recent reports out of Ottawa claimed they were put off by the Coyotes’ rumored high asking price of two first-round picks and a high-end prospect.

Arizona Coyotes trade defenseman Jakob Chychrun to the Ottawa Senators (NHL Images).

Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong appears to have been a little more flexible with his asking price. As per Cap Friendly, the 2023 first-rounder is top-five protected. If the condition is met, it becomes a 2024 unprotected first-round pick.

The second-rounder in 2024 is the one the Senators received from the Washington Capitals last July in the Connor Brown trade. It becomes a first-round selection (top-10 protected) if the Senators reach the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals. If the pick is in the top 10, the Coyotes will receive the Senators’ 2025 first-round pick (unprotected).

A skilled puck-moving blueliner who can play big minutes, Chychrun is signed through 2024-25 with an average annual value of $4.6 million. He will provide a significant boost to the Senators’ defense corps. Chychrun usually plays left defense but Thomas Chabot and Jake Sanderson skate in those roles among their top four. He will likely start on the right side on their top pairing.

The Coyotes weren’t done trading defensemen, shipping Shayne Gostisbehere to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2026 third-round pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gostisbehere will provide an additional measure of experienced offensive depth on the blueline for the Hurricanes. He tallied 51 points in 82 games last season with the offensively anemic Coyotes and has 31 points in 52 games this season.

Another defenseman changing teams is Filip Hronek as he’s shipped by the Detroit Red Wings along with a 2023 fourth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2023 and a second-round pick in 2023.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman has become a seller after his club’s current three-game losing skid stalled their efforts to move into a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The conditional first is the pick the Canucks received from the New York Islanders in the Bo Horvat trade. If that pick ends up in the top-12 it becomes an unprotected 2024 first-rounder.

The Canucks paid a lot for Hronek but they’ve been in dire need of a top-four right-side defenseman for some time. The 25-year-old Czech rearguard is enjoying his best season to date, having already matched last season’s career-high points total. Hronek’s offensive abilities will help to take some pressure off Quinn Hughes on Vancouver’s blueline.

The Washington Capitals made their fourth trade in less than a week by dealing center Lars Eller to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a second-round pick in 2025. The Capitals also retained $1.085 million of Eller’s $3.5 million cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eller, 33, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Capitals retooling their roster for next season, he no longer had a future in Washington.

The Avalanche were in the market for a second-line center this season. However, they appear comfortable with J.T. Compher in that role. Eller will instead slot into the third or fourth-line center position for the Avs. His two-way skills and Stanley Cup experience should make him a worthwhile addition as the Avalanche prepare to defend their Cup title.


  1. LMAO!!!! So he goes to my team which means I in fact will NOT stop hearing Chychrun’s name bwahahaha

    • OK, so who do we contact to get in on the parade committee?

      And where can it be held? Can’t be Wellington Street since all gatherings around Parliament Hill have been banned since the Peace Convoy last year.

      Rideau Street? No, that won’t work either – put a gathering of several thousands down that street and there’ll be a few hundred muggings.

      I guess it’s Bank Street again.

      • Joking aside, after setting aside his initial demand of two 1st round picks, a top prospect and a roster player with term, what Armstrong got for Chychrun is, in effect, probably a middle-of-the-pack 1st round pick, Washington’s original 2nd round pick, also around the middle of the pack (it won’t become a first because, improvements or not, Ottawa is not reaching the eastern finals this year), and a 2026 2nd round pick which, if the Senators are contenders by then (a good possibility), figures to be well down the list.

        So, when all is said and done, and all the hype and prognostications, no one would come up with a better offer than THAT!

        That says a lot about expectations over the long haul.

      • …..
        ➡️ Sen’s Trade 💥💥💥

        GREAT Pick up by the Sen’s yesterday, Getting LD man Jakob Chychrun from AZ,
        Well Done Sen’s GM. Pierre Dorion👏👌……Now they have a Great Top 4 D-core

        For a 2023 1st pick CDTL,
A 2024 2nd rd pick

        A 2026 2nd rd pick
        Way better than origonal big asking Price

        Next up Sen’s need A Starting Goaltender❓
        for the next 2-3+ years till the young guy 22 yr old Mads Søgaard is ready to be a starter hopefully they bring him on slowly to develop his game properly ….

      • George lots of teams probably came up with better.

        Arizona said no. Those teams went elsewhere.

        Arizona found them selves with fewer options. Ottawa offer was suddenly the best.

        Some things are coincidental some things are causative.

  2. Granlund to pens. Unconfirmed 2nd going to preds

  3. Not sure Detroit is a seller quite yet. There is still about 36 hours before the TDL. The Wings now only have 1 regular RHD on the roster. Let’s wait and see.

    • Chiarot, Walman and Maata canall play the right side’ as well as Osterle and Hagg and of corse Lindstrom.

      • Oesterle, Hagg, and Lindstrom have not been able to hold a regular spot in the top 6.

    • How about Petry for Perron?

  4. It’s now confirmed: Vancouver is the absolute worst. Their management team is Harold-Ballard bad. The 1st rounder Detroit got WILL be in the top-12, and so they’ll get an unprotected 1st in 2024, and that one WILL be in the top-10 as well. Vancouver basically gave up a top-10 pick for a top-4 D. For a rebuilding team, this is BRUTAL

  5. .
    Great Game last Night with the Oilers and Leafs😝

    Mattias Ekholm really settled down the Oiler d last night Big Time❗️

    Playing ME with young Evan Bouchard looked like the EB from last year, Bouchard just Smiling
    All night and playing well…

    A Master Move bye Coach Woody & Dave Mansion👌✅

    The Oil have maybe 1 or 2 more move’s, w
    Would Love to see them get C Max Domi and
    Young RW Taylor Raddish from Chicago in a Trade for Yamo and a 2023 and A 2nd Or 3rd round pick to help there Re-build…⁉️🤔

  6. .
    ➡️Re; A Philly & NJ..Trade

    I Wonder if the NJ Could get Sean Couturier, out of the Re-building Philadelphia Flyers,❓
    Philly have $8.M in Cap Space for next year with 5 RFA to Re-sign or replace and 2 UFA’s on there team to Replace…❗️
    Im sure they want to move some Big Salary’s out and they probably have, to kick start the Re-Build

    NJ need a Good Defensive Centre on there 2-or 3rd line who can also score and drive the play🤔

    ▶️Trade for Sean Couturier

    A 1st Pick & A 2nd rd pick, A Top prospect like Alexander Holtz and Or A Nolan Foote
    A Roster player like a $2.M Jesper Fast,
    would have to retain money like $2.M per year to make it all work…..❓