One possibility was taken off the table when Martin Hanzal was dealt from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
Arizona got a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing from Minnesota for Hanzal, forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 National Hockey League games, all with the Coyotes.
Should the Wild advance to the Western Conference finals, the Coyotes would get an additional second-round pick.
Vrbata won't command that level of a return, but will bring the Coyotes a high draft pick and possibly a prospect.
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Hanzal, a pending free agent, said he has been expecting a trade for "the last two weeks" because the sides had not engaged in contract talks since the summer. He also had 18 goals and 18 assists with the Iowa Wild, earning a spot in the 2017 AHL All-Star Game. White has a 42.9 5v5 CF% on the fourth line this year, or -4.69% relative to the rest of the team. This is a rental, as Hanzal's deal expires at the end of the season.
In the event Minnesota makes a deep postseason run, then general manager Chuck Fletcher will be more than validated for being so aggressive to bolster the roster. Throughout all strengths of play, Hanzal has won 56.0% of all his faceoffs this season, which is better than both Mikko Koivu at 55.2% and Erik Haula at 54.0%.
Martin Hanzal has been a highly underrated part of the Coyotes for some time now.
Doan, himself, has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate should the 21-year veteran choose to allow a deal to a team in contention for the Stanley Cup. Here's wishing him and Ryan White the best in Minnesota.