|2017 Season||July 1st Status|
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a sizable effort to try and get younger, ahead of tonight's entry draft, acquiring defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Coyotes, on the other hand, add a little bit more veteran experience to their roster with their half of the acquisition, but it is pretty much a wash, when it comes to scoring, as both defenders were considered pool worthy, albeit on the back end, in the defenseman spectrum.
The Blackhawks are aiming to get a bit younger and a little bit more flexible underneath the salary cap ceiling, given that it didn't move up too much in this off-season, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The Coyotes do add a presence in this deal and it sounds like they are far from done as well on this draft day. We shall see!