With no one seemingly in charge of the Arizona Coyotes they have miraculously made a trade. Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson will be heading to the desert and in return the ‘Hawks will receive defencemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.
Connor Murphy was a first-line defensemen for the Arizona Coyotes making 258 appearances in three seasons after being drafted 20th overall in the 2011 draft by the then Phoenix Coyotes. He is signed at $3.85 million until 2021-22.
Laurent Dauphin, drafted 39th overall in the second round of the 2013 draft has featured 32 times for the Coyotes. There is one-year remaining on his entry-level contract.
Niklas Hjalmarsson on the other hand is an NHL veteran, 623 games to his name, featuring prominently for the Chicago Blackhawks. Staying with the club he was drafted by 108th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. A pure veteran of the NHL with three cups to his name. Also performing internationally with an olympic silver to his name. Hjalmarsson will almost certainly provide some defensive security to a wobbly Arizona Coyotes defence.
It appears that the Coyotes want some experience to bring the prospects through with. Trading a young first-liner was the price to pay to secure a seasoned veteran, whether this gamble pays off only time will tell.