Arizona Coyotes trade veteran Martin Hanzal to Wild for draft picks


Multiple outlets reported Sunday night that the Wild acquired 6-foot-6, 226-pound center Martin Hanzal and 6-foot, 200-pound center Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes for a haul of draft picks. The most games he has played in since the 2010-2011 season was when he suited up for 65 in 2013-14. Hanzal has been a better possession player than his team on average in nine of his ten National Hockey League seasons. Hanzal struggled with injuries, as he never played a full season in the desert. He racked up 13 points for the Coyotes, and brings extra toughness to the playoff-bound Wild. Standing pat was the smart choice, as the Habs could possibly find themselves out of playoff contention if they do not win 11 of their remaining 20 games.

Should the Wild make another hasty exit, though, Fletcher will have to answer even more questions about whether trading for Hanzal was ultimately worth it.

Downing is an undrafted free agent who signed with the Wild in 2015.

GM Stan Bowman has said the Blackhawks wouldn't be making any big moves before the trade deadline, so their lack of activity around Hanzal fits with that. Shane Doan is another name that has floated around.

In the event Minnesota makes a deep postseason run, then general manager Chuck Fletcher will be more than validated for being so aggressive to bolster the roster.

Hanzal is projected to be the Wild's third center behind Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu. The Central Division leaders have collected 84 points and are 6-3-1 in their last 10.



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