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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.”

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.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun will miss two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Monday.

Boston Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort hit Chychrun awkwardly into the boards Saturday night.

The 23-year-old is among the top players rumored to be moved ahead of the March 21 trade deadline. The St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and Bruins are reportedly among the serious contenders for his services.

Chychrun has recorded 21 points in 47 games this season. He’s signed for three more years at a $4.6-million cap hit.

The St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes are apparently among the latest teams considered serious contenders to acquire Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun ahead of the March 21 trade deadline.

“At this point, eight teams are seriously in the chase for Jakob Chychrun,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday’s “Insider Trading.”

“It’s Florida, it’s L.A., it’s Boston, it’s St. Louis, it’s Carolina, it’s Anaheim among the primary suitors.”

The Panthers, Kings, Bruins, and Ducks were among six teams considered interested in Chychrun in a January report.

Chychrun finished 10th in Norris Trophy voting last campaign after leading all NHL defensemen with 18 goals. He’s in the midst of a down season with 16 points in 44 games. However, his underlying numbers over a three-year sample size remain stellar:

The Coyotes are reportedly asking for a return similar to what the Buffalo Sabres received for Jack Eichel earlier this season. The Sabres traded Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick to the Vegas Golden Knights for Alex TuchPeyton Krebs, a 2022 first-round selection, and a conditional 2023 second-round pick.

Chychrun, 23, is signed for three more seasons at a $4.6-million cap hit, per CapFriendly. Arizona selected him 16th overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is one of several intriguing blue-liners on the market, and contending teams are reportedly doing their due diligence with the trade deadline just two months away.

The New York RangersBoston Bruins, and Florida Panthers are among the clubs interested in acquiring the 23-year-old’s services, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek reported on Saturday’s edition of “32 Thoughts.”

The Coyotes are reportedly looking for a young player, a prospect, and a first-round pick to pry Chychrun from the desert. Arizona has “at least one offer” that fits the bill, Marek added.

The Rangers have discussed including 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov in a potential deal, but it’s unclear if the 22-year-old forward would significantly pique the Coyotes’ interests, per Marek.

Kravtsov didn’t make New York’s opening night roster this season, and the team reportedly granted him permission to seek a trade in October. The club loaned him to the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk in November.

However, the Panthers may be the “team to watch,” according to Marek.

The Los Angeles KingsAnaheim Ducks, and Columbus Blue Jackets are also reportedly interested in Chychrun.

The sixth-year defenseman has struggled this season, recording two goals and six assists over 28 games with the basement-dwelling Coyotes. Chychrun broke through offensively during the 2020-21 campaign, registering 41 points in 56 contests.

He’s currently in the third season of a six-year deal with an annual cap hit of $4.6 million.

The Arizona Coyotes are receiving inquiries from other clubs about defenseman Jakob Chychrun, but they’re looking for a hefty collection of talent in return.

“There’s been much speculation on Chychrun’s availability for the last several weeks, I would say, but it’s real,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday’s edition of “Insider Trading.”

“Who’s to say when a deal involving Jakob Chychrun may be made,” Dreger added. “Perhaps it doesn’t happen. He’s got a wonderful contract … but calls are coming in from interested teams. Offers are being made.”

The biggest obstacle to a trade appears to be what Arizona is seeking in a potential deal.

“The asking price expectedly is enormous, and it has scared some of these GMs away,” Dreger said. “You’re talking about (an) Eichel-like return here. That’s Alex Tuch, that’s Peyton Krebs, that’s a conditional first(-round pick and) a conditional second. That’s too much for a lot of teams to stomach right now, but it’s a story we’re going to continue to follow. The Coyotes are in no rush to move Jakob Chychrun.”

The 23-year-old is in his sixth season with the Coyotes, who drafted him 16th overall in 2016. Chychrun has blossomed into a legitimate No. 1 blue-liner, leading the club in average ice time by nearly three minutes, though he last played Dec. 10 due to an injury.

Chychrun hasn’t produced offensively in 2021-22 like the career-high 41 points he posted over 56 games last season. He entered Tuesday’s action with two goals and five assists across 26 contests this campaign, but the Coyotes have been the NHL’s worst team with only six wins in 30 games heading into Tuesday evening’s slate.

The talented rearguard is signed through 2024-25 at a cap hit of $4.6 million, according to CapFriendly. Arizona traded defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Vancouver Canucks in July.


Jakob Chychrun appears to be on the fast track to the NHL.

The 16th overall selection in last year’s draft, Chychrun, 18, could make his NHL debut as soon as this season, according to Arizona Coyotes associate coach Jim Playfair.

“We’re looking a little deeper than that, we’re probably looking at the 10-game segment to start the season where we can play with him there too,” Playfair said. “It’s not a rush decision with him.”

Chychrun can play nine games in the NHL before burning the first year on his entry-level contract.

A projected top pick in last year’s draft, the Coyotes selected Chychrun following a trade with the Detroit Red Wings that sent cap casualty Pavel Datsyuk, and the 16th pick, to the desert.

“(Chychrun) is a real solid player. I think he’s a fun kid to watch play. He’s a real mature player obviously and he’s going to make some hard decisions for us,” Playfair added. “He’s done everything consistently that’s allowed us to look at him as being a real solid player at this time.”

Chychrun isn’t the only rookie competing for a job with the Coyotes, with the likes of Dylan Strome, Christian Dvorak, and Lawson Crouse among the names fighting for spots up front. As for Chychrun, he’ll need to win a spot on the left side over Kevin Connauton and Klas Dahlbeck, who both have several years of pro experience under their belts.

The Florida-born Chychrun, who will return to the OHL’s Sarnia Sting if he does not make the NHL this season, will discover his fate soon enough, with the team’s 23-man roster due Oct. 11.

As Coyotes general manager John Chayka told TSN’s Bob McKenzie, “Physically, he’s a man (6-2, 215). Unlike a lot of 18 year olds, he isn’t physically overmatched (in the NHL). He has the tools to be new-age physical – below the dots in his own end, he’s able to lean on people and eliminate them.

“He’s moving the puck well, getting shots on net. He has all the tools to be a very good NHL defenceman.”