|Mikkel Boedker||F||62||13||39||$3.75 mil||RFA|
|Alex Tanguay||F||54||4||22||$3.1 mil||UFA|
The shuffle in Arizona has begun at the trade deadline, as the Coyotes have parted ways with forward Mikkel Boedker on Monday, receiving veteran forward Alex Tanguay and a couple of unsigned prospects to help fill their shelves.
Boedker has been having a decent year in the desert, working towards a 20-goal year and with the Avalanche's high-potential offense, he has a chance of hitting that total before the end of the year. With the Avalanche holding the last wild card spot in the Western Conference going into Monday's action, this move should help cement their spot in the Spring Dance.
Going the other way, a relatively good sized contract in Tanguay, who is having an okay year, as he winds down a pretty good career. At age 36 and his numbers somewhat dwindling, the questions will likely come down upon him about how much time is left in his career. At least at this point, he can bring some veteran wisdom to a young Coyotes team.
So, both big contracts in this deal are players in the hockey pool, and they have relative value in the standings at this point in the year. The improving situation for Boedker means an improving situation for Kristy & Don, who open this week 30 points back of the money. There's no way Boedker is going to close that gap by himself, but he could make a dent in that body of work that needs to be done.
On the other hand, Tanguay belongs to Grant, who is just trying to stay out of last place. He opens this week in 26th spot, now 5 points clear of last place, but Tanguay going to a lesser offense won't help him stay afloat as well.