Chychrun leaves the desert and joins the Senator in a surprise bargain
- The deal was made on March 1, 2023, one day before the NHL trade deadline .
- Chychrun is a 24-year-old Canadian defenseman who was a first-round pick by the Coyotes in the 2016 draft . He was the best defenseman in the league last season in terms of goals (18) and points (41) in 51 games.
- Ottawa Senators is a Canadian team that plays in the Eastern Division of the NHL. It needed to improve its defense after allowing more than 200 goals last season .
- Arizona Coyotes is an American team that plays in the Western Division of the NHL. It wanted to rebuild its team and get future draft picks .
- Ottawa Senators sent to Arizona Coyotes a conditional first-round pick in 2023, a conditional second-round pick in 2024 (which it previously acquired from Montreal Canadiens), and a fifth-round pick in 2026 . The conditions of the trade include:
- If Chychrun plays 50 games or more for Ottawa Senators next season, then the first-round pick becomes non-transferable
- If Chychrun wins the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the league, then the second-round pick becomes a first-round pick
- If Chychrun wins the Stanley Cup finals, then the fifth-round pick becomes a fourth-round pick