TSN analyst Darren Dreger reports that the Arizona Coyotes may be softening a bit in their asking price for defenseman Jakob Chychrun. They still want a first-round pick and a premium young player. However, they may be willing to take back a contract. Chychrun makes $4.6 million per season.
Dreger also reports that the Coyotes still say they will be patient when it comes to dealing him.
Chychrun, 24, wants out of Arizona. The Coyotes have had discussions about Chychrun with other teams since last season.
According to TSN, interested teams: Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Montreal: Canadiens vice president Jeff Gorton said his team’s biggest need is a big-minutes puck-moving defenseman. Montreal Canadiens.
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