In acquiring center Martin Hanzal, the Minnesota Wild are going all in trying to win the Stanley Cup this season.
The Wild traded a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick and conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing to the Arizona Coyotes for Hanzal, forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick. It’s a hefty price for the 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent but one the Wild are willing to pay ahead of Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
“We’re just putting our chips in the middle of the table for this year,” Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said on a conference call Sunday night. “We like our group, and we think our players deserve the best chance possible to compete and see what we can do.”
The Wild lead the Central Division and Western Conference with 84 points and are even more formidable with Hanzal, the Czech who has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes. That 2019 fourth-round pick becomes a third-rounder if Minnesota wins one playoff round this spring and a second-rounder if…