Arizona Coyotes: Eight Questions About The Trade Deadline And Youth

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Oct 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) stares down Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) prior to a face off in the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Martin Hanzal, Michael Stone, and Radim Vrbata have all came up in trade rumors. Should the Coyotes be a seller in all three cases?

Drew Walters — With Dylan Strome, Clayton Keller, Christian Dvorak, and potentially another strong center in the draft, Martin Hanzal’s time has come. When healthy, he is an excellent two-way center and is good in the faceoff circle. That is very attractive to contenders.

While I like Michael Stone a lot, he hasn’t looked quite the same since his knee injury at the end of last season. If a team has interest in him I would cash in on that value now.

Shockingly, Radim Vrbata is the Coyotes’ leader in goals, assists, and points. However, he does not factor into the team’s future much at age 35. All of this plus the fact that he’s on a one-year contract make him a perfect deadline acquisition. He should be moved.

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Marcus Velasco — At this point it seems like they are all going to be dealt. Martin Hanzal has some serious value and would be a good addition for any cup contending team. Personally I think he should stay with the Coyotes but he is the most valuable deadline asset the team has.

Arizona is looking for assets so they will most likely move him. Michael Stone has underachieved after a career year in points last season and could use a change of scenery.

Lastly Radim Vrbata has been productive and would be a scoring third line winger for a team with championship aspirations. He could be worth a few picks and that’s what the team wants.

Alex Temes — In the case of Stone, absolutely. He hasn’t been great all season and it’d be better for rookies to get NHL ice time since we are tanking.

With Hanzal, it’d be nice to keep him but I think he wants out so why not get something for him.

Personally, I would love to keep Vrbata but trading him to a Cup contender might be good for him considering his career may be ending soon.