Jakob Chychrun has been in the NHL trade rumors mill for the past 8 months and still no deal has been made. The reason why he has been a hot commodity on the trade market is his contract. He still has three more years left on his deal at a Coyotes salary cap hit at $4.6 million.
If the Coyotes are serious about moving him, it will be easier this season as the next two years on his contract, a modified no-trade clause kicks in.
Three teams interested in a Jakob Chychrun trade
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils have been reported to have a serious interest in a Chychrun trade. Darren Dreger even speculated that the Devils were willing to offer up their second overall pick at the 2022 NHL entry draft.
Now that New Jersey has filled up their roster and maxed out their salary cap space, they could still offer up Simon Nemec and say Tomas Tatar, as the Devils would need to free up around $4.5 million in cap space to take on Chychrun’s contract.
The Ottawa Senators are one team that is done rebuilding and want to be a playoff contender. The Senators were willing to give up their seventh overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft for Chychrun.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have been tied to a Jakob Chychrun trade since the rumors started back in January.
GM Kyle Dubas has a big decision to make. The Leafs need to get past the first round of the 2023 playoffs or he will no longer be the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If Dubas feels he needs to upgrade his defensive corps and Chychrun is still available, it will likely cost the team William Nylander.