Published: Tue, February 28, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Wild acquire center Martin Hanzal in trade with Coyotes

This is an immediate boost to Hanzal's trade value, as he's already potted 16 goals and 26 points in 51 games thus far. The most games he has played in since the 2010-2011 season was when he suited up for 65 in 2013-14. If you're unfamiliar with Hanzal, as many fans likely are, here is some information on his career throughout the years.

Martin Hanzal has been a highly underrated part of the Coyotes for some time now. Instead, reports indicate the Wild, Predators, and Penguins were among the top suitors before Arizona and Minnesota finalized a deal.

Hanzal must also play in half of the Wild's playoff games. Throughout all strengths of play, Hanzal has won 56.0% of all his faceoffs this season, which is better than both Mikko Koivu at 55.2% and Erik Haula at 54.0%. They lead the Western Conference with 84 points, and the trade for Hanzal is a clear indication that they're going for it this season.

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If you're curious, here is Hanzal's HERO Chart from Own the Puck. The Wild resumes its season Moday night after a bye week, taking on the Los Angeles Kings. Hanzal and White are both unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, and with the Coyotes not making the playoffs for a fifth straight year, the move was practically inevitable. Hanzal has been a better possession player than his team on average in nine of his ten National Hockey League seasons.

Timing may have had a part with the hard nature of this particular trade.

The Minnesota Wild are serious Stanley Cup contenders, and in an effort to become more serious about that pursuit, they are pushing an bad lot of poker chips to the middle of the table. "We wish him the best of the luck in the future". I think that's natural for him to have some of those thoughts.

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