Hard to imagine that Arizona Coyotes General Manage Bill Armstrong would move a bona fide top pairing defenceman such as Jakob Chychrun. If you’re a Boston Bruins fan, dreaming a top-4 in a couple of years of Chychrun, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Mason Lohrei has got to have you salivating more than any present Santa can leave under your tree on Christmas Eve.
Just the cap his alone, a mere $4.6 million for this year plus an additional three years makes it an expensive acquisition. But do the Bruins have the currency for what would be a hot commodity?
Yes. If you’re willing to part with it.
It’s going to require a first-round pick. The question is whether it’s a 2022 or 2023 first rounder. The Coyotes already have three first round picks for 2022 and they may be better suited if it were a 2023 first rounder where they only have one. It’s a spread the wealth thing.
The it’s going to cost you an additional pick, probably a second rounder. Again, the Yotes might be better served with 2023 over 2022 as they have four second-round picks in 2022. Again, spreading the wealth.
The Yotes would also need an NHL ready player, preferably a young one and that is where Jake DeBrusk comes in. Yes, I know about the qualifying offer, but the Yotes also need to take on salary for next season because, without Chychrun, they’d be $35 million under the cap floor.
And the final piece of the puzzle is a top end prospect. Armstrong will probably be asking for Fabian Lysell and Don Sweeney may counter with Mason Lohrei (which diminishes my opening paragraph).
Two-picks, and NHL player and a high-end prospect. That’s the price. You have the currency.
If you want to pay the premium.