NHL Rumors: Jakob Chychrun still a hot commodity, revised schedules underway, and is the All-Star game in jeopardy?

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Jan 25, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Pacific Division forward Connor McDavid (97) of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates defeating the Atlantic Division in the 2020 NHL All Star Game at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL roster freeze in in full effect through the break, but it was unlikely there’d be any trades in the current environment. COVID-19 spikes postponed games and shut down teams over the last two weeks, but that hasn’t stopped Jakob Chychrun’s name from being bandied about in trade rumors.

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NHL Rumors: Jakob Chychrun is a hot commodity

While there’s been debate on whether the Arizona Coyotes are actively shopping him or just fielding offers, Chychrun remains a hot trade commodity.

Chychrun, 23, had a breakout performance with 41 points in 56 games during the 2020-21 season. This year he has just 7 points in 26 games but the Yotes’ lineup is filled with young prospects and several aging NHL vets.

Right now, Chychrun is being looked at as a game-changer for some teams, and Arizona is asking price is four pieces for him per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. The Islanders were linked to him in the summer but there is a report from Elliotte Friedman that the Edmonton Oilers are not one of the teams in the mix.

Chychrun has three years left on a cap friendly deal of $4.6 million.

I thought Edmonton made perfect sense for a Jakob Chychrun destination, but a few sources have said it’s very unlikely to be the Oilers

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Nov 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) celebrates the game winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in overtime at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Revising Schedules

Now that the Olympics are off the table, the NHL is working with teams on rescheduling games during the February break.

“The schedule maker, we’re told, is already at work,” Pierre LeBrun said on TSN’s Insider Trading. “I heard from a couple teams today that say they heard from Steve Hatze Petros, who is the schedule maker for the NHL, about a heads-up, saying, hey at some point soon we’re going to need your updated building dates, obviously for that three-week gap in February where there’s no longer going to be the Olympic Games.”

It was also noted that this is a lot more complex than it sounds. LeBrun finsished by saying that a revised schedule is unlikely to be released until January.

“I don’t think you’ll see the league come out and announce its revamped schedule for a bit here, because we know that there’s going to be more cancellations, more COVID situations over the next few weeks,” he concluded.

NHL All-Star Game in Jeopardy?

The NHL All-Star Game is in Vegas from February 4th to the 5th. Some have speculated that the game may be cancelled so the time can be used for rescheduled games.

“One place they can find a few more days to stage those games if they wanted, would be the start of February when the all-star game is due to be in Las Vegas, but I’m told at this point in time that’s not even on the table, it’s all systems go,” Chris Johnston said on TSN. “In fact some believe it might even be easier now to send the players to Vegas and have that all-star weekend with Beijing out of the picture.”

Additionally, Elliotte Friedman confirmed the same in his latest blog.