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FHN TODAY: Jakob Chychrun Next to be Dealt Before NHL Trade Deadline?

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Jakob Chychrun of the Arizona Coyotes was held out of his team’s game against St. Louis on Saturday as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers are probably out of the running for Arizona defenseman Jakob Chychrun as it appears the local kid is about to be part of a blockbuster NHL trade (and will be headed somewhere other than home.)

With the NHL Trade Deadline just a few weeks away, the Coyotes’ put Chychrun — who grew up in Boca Raton — on ice Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues and did not mince words why.

”Coyotes D Jakob Chychrun is a healthy scratch tonight versus the St. Louis Blues due to trade related reasons,” the Coyotes tweeted out.

Chychrun, whose father Jeff is part of the Florida television broadcast team, is said to want to head home and play for the Panthers.

And, the Panthers would love to bring him back.

But that probably is not going to happen.

The Coyotes are asking a ton for the defenseman and for good reason. Chychrun is not only a very good defenseman, but his contract is very reasonable.

Chychrun is signed for the next two seasons at a cap hit of $4.6 million.

Not bad for a player of his caliber.

Arizona is asking for a number of things — as it should — for their star defenseman and the Panthers simply do not have the means to pull off such a deal.

More below…

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW

The Florida Panthers did not get off to a good start — at all — against the Avalanche on Saturday night as they saw their modest three-game winning streak come to a close.

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Well, if Jakob Chychrun is being traded, the Boston Bruins have to be in the mix, right?

Right?

  • The Panthers could have used the Boston Bruins to be at their best on Saturday. They were not.
  • The Washington Capitals know it is ‘go time’ and were at their best against the Bs.
  • Would the San Jose Sharks retain money in an Erik Karlsson deal? Probably going to have to regardless of the team.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins were invited to a special night in Los Angeles and basically crumbled.
  • The Montreal Canadiens finally won in those cool Expos-themed jerseys.
  • The Calgary Flames went to Buffalo and did the Panthers a solid.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers apparently were thinking about the Super Bowl in their loss to the Preds.
  • The Detroit Red Wings don’t have to worry about Super Bowl hype in their town and they took care of the Canucks.

PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT MINNESOTA WILD

  • When: Monday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • This season (Panthers 1-0): Panthers 5, Wild 3 (Jan. 21)
  • All-time regular season series: Minnesota leads 18-9-2, 1 tie
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Tuesday at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m.

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