As Chychrun trade auction continues, Coyotes have one legitimate offer

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss the latest around the NHL including Jakob Chychrun's trade rumours, the Edmonton Oilers slump & players expected to be named to the Canadian men's Olympic team.

Two weeks after the Arizona Coyotes had increased their efforts to trade defenceman Jakob Chychrun, their hard work has seemingly paid off in the form of a legitimate offer.

"What the Coyotes are looking for here is a package that includes a young player, a prospect and a first-round pick," Sportsnet's Jeff Marek said during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada. "They do have that package from one team in the NHL as we speak now, essentially two former first-round players and a first-round draft pick."

However, despite the offer, the auction for the coveted blue-liner is apparently ongoing, with six teams involved in the sweepstakes.

"L.A., Anaheim, Boston, Florida ... who may very much be the team to watch through all of this," Marek continued. "The Rangers as well are in on it. They have offered a package that includes Vitali Kravtsov and the Columbus Blue Jackets interested in the services of Jakob Chychrun as well."

At least 10 teams made inquiries about Chychrun as recently as Jan. 8.

Chychrun, the 16th-overall pick in 2016, is 23 years old and is signed through 2024-25 with a cap hit of $4.6 million.

This season, while playing on the perennially rebuilding Coyotes, Chychrun has two goals and five assists for seven points in 26 games with a minus-29.

The NHL trade deadline is set for March 21.

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