At the heart of trade rumors for a long time, defenseman Jakob Chychrun could still be a member of the Arizona Coyotes in 2022-2023.
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Last Friday, general manager Bill Armstrong told the PHNX Sports network that he expects the 24-year-old full-back to stay with his squad next season, though he is not completely closing the door on a trade.
"Not much has changed," he said. For now, Jakob will be back and playing for us next year. We always listen to offers, when these allow us to become a better team.
“We are going to be on the phone during the draft and after this one. For now, the plan is for him to be back and play for our team. We also expect him to be an important part of our training.”
In 2022-2023, Chychrun is due to play his seventh season in the National League and the fourth year of a six-year contract that pays him $4.6 million annually.
The American had seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 47 games last year. He was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the Coyotes in the 2016 amateur auction.