Arizona Coyotes: Eight Questions About The Trade Deadline And Youth

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If you were John Chayka and could pursue a trade for one player whom we know to be available, which player do you see benefiting the Arizona Coyotes the most moving forward? What would you give up to get them?

Alex Temes — The Arizona Coyotes need a number 1 center. Badly.

And I think partnering with a contender would do the Coyotes wonders in that department.

I would heavily pursue Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a few reasons, most prominently in that he is a true #1 center playing 2nd/3rd line in Edmonton due to all of that talent.

He will never pass McDavid, so give him a shot at leading a team in Arizona and move what you have to in order to get him.

Drew Walters — Kevin Shattenkirk, for sure.

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The Coyotes desperately need a right-handed defenseman to play on the top pair with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Shattenkirk is the perfect fit. With 30 points in 45 games this year and a CF% of 53.1%, he would be a massive upgrade to the 3rd worst defense in the league.

Marcus Velasco — One trade I would pursue and seems likely to happen is trading Martin Hanzal to Ottawa for Curtis Lazar and a conditional first round pick. The Coyotes want a young roster player and Lazar would fit that.

He has slumped significantly this season and is in need of a change of scenery. He hasn’t produced any points this season and he has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff in Ottawa.

He is a RFA after this season so there is no long term commitment and the Coyotes would receive a first round pick in the deal. This would be a good move for the Coyotes in my opinion.