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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is the subject of “intensifying” trade interest, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

Teams with reported interest include the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and Columbus Blue Jackets, among others.

Chychrun tallied seven goals and 21 points in 47 games with Arizona last year. He’s signed for three more seasons at a $4.6-million cap hit. He has a 10-team no-trade clause that begins next summer, according to CapFriendly.

The 24-year-old has been one of the top players available over the past year. A season-ending ankle injury before the trade deadline halted discussions during the 2021-22 campaign.

Chychrun admitted on the opening day of training camp that he’s interested in moving to a contending team.

Chychrun has yet to play in the preseason due to a wrist injury. The Coyotes begin their regular season October 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun still wants to be traded to a playoff contender. He’s not going to let that impact how he plays while he’s still in the desert.

“I’ve been here a while now and the way I operate and take care of my business, I try to get better every day,” Chychrun said Wednesday, a day before the Coyotes start training camp. “All I’m going to focus on is continuing to get better, get healthy — that’s obviously the biggest thing right now.”

Chychrun will not be ready for the start of training camp and possibly preseason games after having wrist and ankle surgery in the offseason. He will play for the Coyotes once he is healthy, but the team will likely move him to a contender at some point.

The Coyotes are in year 2 of a rebuild that started with trading away veteran players for draft picks before that season. Arizona finished with the second-fewest points in the NHL last season and is expected to be near the bottom again this year.

The team approached Chychrun about a possible trade to a contender before last season and again early in the season, but the Coyotes could not find a suitable deal for one of their best players.

“Throughout the start of last season, I had a lot of reflection time and some really, really emotional, hard reflections with my loved ones and family,” he said “We ultimately decided to take them up on that offer and try to get moved on to a better situation.”

The 24-year-old Chychrun has been one of the anchors of Arizona’s team, both as a top-line defenseman and a leader in the locker room. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman is a physical presence at the blue line and a capable scorer, eclipsing 20 points five times in his six NHL seasons.

“It’s kind of a mutual position for me to get moved on to a situation with a chance to win and a team that’s fighting for the Stanley Cup and for them here to be able to get assets,” Chychrun said. “I understand how rebuilds work. I think it could be mutually beneficial.”

Keith Yandle, who broke the NHL’s consecutive games played record in January, says he’s calling it a career.

The longtime defenseman announced his plans to hang up his skates on Tuesday’s episode of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast.

“I’m shutting it down, I’m retiring from the game of hockey,” Yandle said.

He added: “I’m really at ease with (the decision), and I’m looking forward to the next chapter, for sure.”

Yandle broke Doug Jarvis’ ironman record by suiting up for his 965th straight contest on Jan. 25. His streak ended at 989 contests on April 2 when he was a healthy scratch. Yandle’s run stretched from March 26, 2009, to March 29, 2022.

The Boston-born blue-liner played his final season with the Philadelphia Flyers. He previously spent five campaigns with the Florida Panthers, parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers, and nine seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, who were known as the Phoenix Coyotes for his first eight campaigns.

Yandle was one of the best defensemen in the NHL during his prime and continued to produce late in his career. The veteran amassed a career-high 62 points in 2018-19 and collected at least 50 points in four other campaigns. He retires with 103 goals and 516 assists over 1,109 games.

Yandle played 16 NHL seasons after the Coyotes drafted him 105th overall in 2005. He turned 36 on Sept. 9.

The Arizona Coyotes are confident they’ll have no attendance issues during the 2022-23 campaign as they embark on their first season in a shared arena with Arizona State‘s NCAA hockey program.

The Coyotes’ jump to the 5,000-seat rink was mocked by much of the hockey world, but team president Xavier Gutierrez is adamant the venture will be good for business.

“We know this is going to be sold out for every single game, and we never had any doubt that was going to be the case,” Gutierrez told ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. “We could have sold this out to our existing season-ticket base, but we didn’t think that was the right approach.

“We want to make sure that fans who have never experienced a game could experience it. That’s a very tricky thing when you’ve downsized capacity.”

The Coyotes were forced to find a new home after the city of Glendale ended its lease agreement for use of Gila River Arena. The franchise is waiting for approval from Tempe City Council to build a new arena district. With no other immediate alternatives, the Coyotes are set to share Mullett Arena with the Sun Devils for the next three seasons.

In order to generate revenue with a smaller capacity, the team has raised its average ticket price next season to $170, which is slightly above the NHL average of $154.

Gutierrez said the increase in cost has seen season-ticket revenue balloon 50%.

“We’re not gouging people here,” he said. “You’re slightly above an NHL average now while you were well below an NHL average before. And we’re in a much more centrally located area.”

The Coyotes have invested over $25 million in Mullett Arena to raise it to NHL standards. Arizona’s first game at its new barn is set for Oct. 28 versus the Winnipeg Jets.

New Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel didn’t give the most glowing review of his tenure with the Arizona Coyotes.

After three seasons with Arizona, he signed a one-year pact with the Golden Knights worth $1.5 million on Wednesday night.

“It’s tough. I came in there in a different direction. They said we were gonna win; we’re gonna try to win and compete,” the veteran said Thursday during his introductory press conference with the Golden Knights. “Obviously, that’s not what happened. It’s gonna be nice playing on a team that wants to win. When you want to win, and everyone on the team wants to win, it’s a different feel and a different vibe.

“Arizona, they had great guys. All the players, they’re great kids. … But when you don’t want to necessarily win and contend, it becomes difficult as a player, especially when you came from Pittsburgh, and I wanted to win.”

Kessel helped the Pittsburgh Penguins capture back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017. The Penguins traded him to the Coyotes in June 2019 as part of a package for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph.

Since Kessel’s desert debut in 2019-20, the Coyotes amassed a record of 82-105-21 and failed to qualify for the playoffs in the past two seasons. Arizona finished second-last in 2021-22 and mustered a league-worst 206 goals.

Though Kessel put up 52 points in 82 games this past season – his highest total since the 2018-19 campaign with the Penguins – the 34-year-old said he feels as though he has “a lot to prove” after his time in Arizona.

“Obviously, I think, you know, over the last couple of years, you get lost here,” Kessel said. “People don’t view you anymore like you used to be viewed, and I don’t think that’s the case. I’m very motivated to come in here and help this team try to contend. … I think I’m going to have a great year.”

Over his three seasons in Arizona, Kessel ranked third on the team with 42 goals and 133 points in 208 games.

Kessel has also suited up for the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft, Kessel has 399 goals and 557 assists in 1,204 career games.

Kyle Turris is hanging up his skates after 14 seasons in the NHL, he announced Wednesday.

Turris has agreed to join the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express as a special advisor to the general manager and a player development coach.

“The Express organization played a key role in my personal and professional growth,” Turris said. “I am excited about having the opportunity to work with (chief operating officer and general manager) Tali (Campbell) and (coach) Patrick (Sexton) as they help each player develop individually while pursuing the Fred Page Cup as a team.”

Turris finishes his career with 425 points in 776 games.

The Arizona Coyotes initially selected Turris third overall in the 2007 draft, but he never quite found his footing in the desert. His career really took off after the team traded him to the Ottawa Senators in 2011.

Turris established himself as a quality second-line center while playing parts of seven seasons in the Canadian capital, averaging 55 points per 82 games and racking up a career-high 64 points in 2014-15. The skilled center also added 12 goals and 12 assists in 42 postseason contests with the Sens.

Ottawa shipped Turris to the Nashville Predators in 2017. He spent three seasons in the Music City, collecting 96 points in 182 games.

The 33-year-old played his final two campaigns with the Edmonton Oilers, registering three goals and six assists in 50 games.

Turris also represented Canada on the international stage a handful of times. While donning the red maple leaf, he won gold at the 2008 world juniors and captained the Canadians to a silver medal at the 2019 World Championship.

The Arizona Coyotes and restricted free-agent forward Lawson Crouse agreed to a five-year contract, the team announced Monday.

The deal reportedly contains an average annual value of $4.3 million.

“We are very pleased to sign Lawson to a long-term contract,” general manager Doug Armstrong said in a news release. “He is a big, strong, skilled power forward and we look forward to him being a big part of our future.”

Crouse was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing Monday before the two sides reportedly struck a deal.

The 25-year-old scored a career-high 20 goals in 65 games for the Coyotes last season.

Crouse has recorded 110 points over 346 contests since making his NHL debut during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Arizona Coyotes chose Logan Cooley with the third overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Logan Cooley

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 180 lbs
Age: 18
Club: U.S. National Team Development Program
Nationality: American

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(Stats source: EliteProspects.com)

Cooley came into the draft as a consensus top-three pick along with Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky. He even made a push to be among the first two names called with a strong finish to his draft year.

The Pittsburgh-born forward was the No. 2 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm and final rankings. He piled up 1.5 points per game in the USHL and posted nearly the same rate with the American Under-18 squad, racking up 75 points over 51 contests.

Nine of the top 29 North American skaters on Central Scouting’s final rankings hail from the U.S. NTDP, but Cooley is the most highly touted of the group. Isaac Howard was the only player in the program to outproduce him this season, but he played nine more games than Cooley, who bested all of his teammates in points per game.

Cooley has represented his country numerous times on the international stage, suiting up in the Under-18 World Championship in each of the last two seasons.

He’s committed to the University of Minnesota for 2022-23.

What they’re saying

“Cooley is a dynamic player. When he has the puck on his stick, you instantly notice him because of his high-end speed, skill, and offensive IQ,” The Athletic’s Corey Pronman wrote in late May. “He can make highly creative dekes and passes at full speed. The pace of his game is why I think he will be a top NHL player. He takes pucks up the ice and to the net often. Cooley lacks size, but he plays hard.”

“(He’s) confident enough to attempt and often execute the unthinkable,” Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino wrote in June. “(He) plays with pace and skill and is a fierce competitor.” Cosentino also said Cooley could become a franchise player and would be a “cornerstone addition for the team that drafts him.”

The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler called Cooley “a Swiss Army knife player who combines NHL speed and skill with a working attitude to push the pace, make plays, win races, stay involved, and get onto the ice in all situations.”

“He’s obviously a really gifted skater, but I think that he’s ultra-smart, and he’s competitive,” USA Hockey NTDP Under-18 team coach Adam Nightingale told NHL.com. “When you combine all those together, those guys seem to have success. He’s a driven kid, he’s low maintenance, so, obviously (there should be) a really bright future for him.”

The Arizona Coyotes are once again exploring potential Jakob Chychrun trades.

The Central Division club is talking to the Columbus Blue Jackets about the defenseman, reports Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets hold the sixth and 12th overall picks in this week’s draft. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen has said he would trade one or both of those selections for immediate help if he received a young, exciting NHL player with several years remaining on his contract.

Chychrun is signed through 2024-25 at a $4.6-million cap hit, according to CapFriendly. The 24-year-old is a strong two-way blue-liner who missed 35 games due to injury this past season but still produced nearly half a point per contest with 21 in 47.

The six-year veteran was one of the best players available leading up to the March 21 trade deadline before getting hurt about a week beforehand. Arizona reportedly wanted a package resembling the hefty haul the Buffalo Sabres got from the Vegas Golden Knights for Jack Eichel.

The Blue Jackets were apparently one of the numerous teams interested in Chychrun at the time. Immediately after the deadline, Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said the “pieces just weren’t there” to move him.

Chychrun didn’t appear to oppose a move elsewhere when discussing in late April how he’d feel if Arizona chose not to deal him this offseason.

Heading into 2021-22, the Coyotes traded away multiple core pieces to stockpile draft picks and prospects. They finished with the second-worst record in the NHL this past campaign.

The Blue Jackets shipped out prized rearguard Seth Jones last July, netting young defenseman Adam Boqvist and three picks, including the sixth overall choice Thursday night.

The Arizona Coyotes gave an elaborate presentation, had players on hand to give their support and listened to concerns presented by Sky Harbor Airport officials. More than 100 citizens offered their opinions, then statements from 220 more were read in the Tempe City Council chambers.

After the eight-hour meeting, the Coyotes finally got what they wanted: approval to negotiate with the city of Tempe to build a new arena close to downtown.

Now comes the next phase.

The right to negotiate a deal in place, the Coyotes are in the process of working out the details in what they hope are the final steps toward securing a new permanent home.

“This isn’t just here, this is the term sheet, here’s a number,” Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez said. “It’s all of that has already been put on the table. It’s a continuation of that analysis on behalf of the city and us addressing any of the specific topics there.”

The Coyotes have been searching for a permanent home since the city of Glendale pulled out of a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement in 2015. Glendale decided to not renew the lease after the 2021-22 season and the Coyotes found a temporary home at Arizona State’s new 5,000-seat arena starting next season.

The franchise took a big step toward securing a permanent home on June 2, when the Tempe City Council voted to negotiate on a proposed development of nearly $2 billion that would include a new arena, entertainment district and residential units.

The Coyotes submitted a proposal of more than 90 pages to Tempe, so the major components have been laid out. The two sides have already started hashing out many of the details, including addressing concerns by Sky Harbor and the FAA about the district’s proximity to one of the airport’s runways.

Gutierrez and the Coyotes hope to have a deal for the 46-acre tract of land worked out by the end of the year, but know it could take longer.

“We’d love to do it in the fall. That’s what we’ve told them. We said that would be our ideal,” Gutierrez said. “But we are very, very aware that this is not our decision. We do not control the process. We respect the process just as we had from day one. We know that the city is directing it and trying to ensure that they’re comfortable.”

The Coyotes plan to finance the entire project privately and are hoping to buy the land from the city. The franchise is asking Tempe to direct some of the sales tax generated by the private real estate to pay for bonds with the land and real estate as the sole collateral.

“It’s going to be privately financed,” he said. “We’ll be putting up the capital. We would be very excited about creating the first privately financed entertainment district in the history of Arizona.”

The Coyotes have already started selling season tickets for the 2022-23 season at Arizona State’s arena, though Gutierrez said the team isn’t ready to release details just yet. Since the team will be playing on campus the next three years, the Coyotes plan to offer 500 tickets every game to Arizona State students.

“We want them to experience a hockey game where most of them maybe haven’t even done that ever in their lives,” Gutierrez said. “And so it’s gone very well. We feel very confident.”

Now that Tempe has agreed to negotiate, the process has started. The Coyotes hope to keep it rolling right into a new arena.