NHL Rumors: Coyotes getting offers for Chychrun trade, Khudobin interest, and Oilers looking

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Nov 30, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) shoots the puck against the Minnesota Wild in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

We are just a few days into January and the NHL Trade Deadline is still set for March 21. There was some speculation of the league would change the date due to so many postponed games, bit it will stay as is for now.

The Jakob Chychrun trade talks have also gone from speculation to legit rumblings around the league. Despite trying to determine if the Arizona Coyotes are actively shopping him or not, teams are calling and making offers for the young defenseman.

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NHL Rumors: Teams making offers for Chychrun

Chychrun, 23, has just 7 points in 26 games but the Yotes’ this season and is dealing with an injury. Last year was a breakout with 41 points in 56 games.

Back in December, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that the asking price was similar to that of Jack Eichel’s which was four pieces. Chychrun has three years left on a cap friendly deal of $4.6 million but many GM’s currently feel the ask is too high.

“Teams are actively calling Bill Armstrong, the general manager of the Coyotes, and offers are being made,” Darren Dreger said on TSN Insider Trading. “The asking price, according to GMs with interest, is a very significant one.”

In Elliotte Friedman’s latest 32 Thoughts Blog he writes:

Arizona’s got Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel out there, with Chychrun potentially being the first big trade of 2022. But another player of interest is Lawson Crouse, coming to the end of his current contract, with unrestricted free agency looming on the horizon. He can help teams.

One thing is clear, with the Coyotes in dead last, they will be sellers.

Khudobin drawing interest again

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Anton Khudobin leading Stars (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Anton Khudobin, 35, has struggled this season with a 3-3-1 record to go with a below average SV% of .873 and GAA of 3.73. Dallas has been getting great goaltending from Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger making Khudobin expendable.

Khudobin, has one year remaining at $3.33M and cleared waivers in December. He’s in the AHL waiting for a trade. Prior to be put on waivers, several teams were interested in acquiring him but no deal materialized.

Per Pierre LeBrun: “The Dallas Stars have received more recent calls from teams on him, sources said. Obviously, they would need to retain salary or take a contract back to make any deal work.”

Oilers looking for help

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but things are a mess in Edmonton again.

After the Oilers lost 4-1 to the host New York Rangers on Monday night it extended their skid to 2-8-2. There was also some harsh criticism from their head coach about their goaltending.

“I thought we did a lot of things well tonight,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. “(But) our goaltender wasn’t very good and we didn’t find enough pucks at the net to get us back in the game.”

According to the latest rumor buzz Edmonton is exploring the trade market.

“According to a source, Dave Tippett is not imminently going to lose his job, at least not at the moment,” Dreger said. “Goaltending though is being looked at by [general manager] Ken Holland and the Oilers. Trade options that are available are certainly being considered. They [also] continue to search for a third-line centre, among some of the other things that could make this roster stronger. Pressure and frustration all mounting in Edmonton.”

One has to wonder if they could make the money work, would Khudobin be an option.