The Arizona Coyotes announced on Monday that they had acquired the 25-year-old winger from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations. Hanzal has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games with the Yotes this season.
The condition for the 2019 pick is this- if the Wild do not win a playoff series, then it is a fourth round pick. GM John Chayka said he has worked "tirelessly" on a Hanzal deal since Christmas and was glad to get picks in the next three drafts.
The Senators can use help but they have only limited assets, with only four picks in this spring's National Hockey League entry draft, so they need to be careful but Dorion wants to add depth to make sure this team gets to the playoffs.
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He underwent surgery in early October to fix an acute Jones fracture in his fifth metatarsal bone on his right foot. The last top pick to miss his entire first season was Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin in 2009-10.
Hanzal was considered one of the top players on the market before the March 1 trade deadline. White has a 42.9 5v5 CF% on the fourth line this year, or -4.69% relative to the rest of the team. That said, this is a historically weak draft class, and the Wild are in the best position they've ever been to make a run at the Stanley Cup. He also had 18 goals and 18 assists with the Iowa Wild, earning a spot in the 2017 AHL All-Star Game. Hanzal and White are both unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, and with the Coyotes not making the playoffs for a fifth straight year, the move was practically inevitable.
It appears Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher hasn't slept much in the past 12 hours. The Senators had held serious discussions about Hanzal and may have tabled an offer but couldn't meet the asking price Minnesota paid. Given the relative weakness of this season's draft, spreading out picks over 2018 and 2019 both increases the chance of landing quality players, while also giving Chayka flexibility to make moves to accelerate the rebuild as needed.
However, captain Shane Doan didn't seem to feel that way, as evidenced by an in-game interview he conducted with Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona during the Coyotes' 3-2 win over Buffalo Sunday night. Here's wishing him and Ryan White the best in Minnesota.