Jakob Chychrun may have played his last game as the Arizona Coyote.
Coyotes head coach André Tourigny made the reality of Chychrun’s situation very clear during his Monday afternoon press conference: « He will stay out of the lineup until something happens. pass.
Chychrun missed the Coyotes’ 6-5 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday for what the team called « trade-related reasons. » The same policy will be in effect Monday night as the Coyotes take on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Having been on the trading block since the start of the 2021-22 season, Chychrun’s name has been circling the rumor mill with increasing frequency as the March 3 trade deadline approaches.
The Coyotes originally selected Chychrun in the first round (16th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old defenseman has seven goals and 28 points while averaging 23:16 of ice time in 36 games with the Coyotes this year.
Chychrun is under contract with the Coyotes at a cap of $4.6 million reached through the end of the 2024-25 season. Its agreement does not include any trade or movement protection.
In 373 career NHL games with the Coyotes, Chychrun has 60 goals and 170 points. He helped the Coyotes reach the playoffs in 2020 and has averaged at least 20 minutes per game in each of the past six seasons.
Daily face-to-face hockey insider Frank Seravalli related Chychrun with the Los Angeles Kings in a report on Saturday night. The Kings rank fourth in the Pacific Division with 65 points in 54 games this season; Arizona is currently seventh in the Central Division with 42 points in 53 games.