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February 16, 2017 | 11:15am ET
Hanzal, Stone expected to move
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Arizona center Martin Hanzal and defenseman Michael Stone have not had any significant contracts talks with the Coyotes since the off-season, and the expectation is that both players will be moved by the March 1 trade deadline.

Coyotes GM John Chayka is not rushing to make a move and is waiting for the best offers to come his way for his players.

"The real key in this whole thing is teams that are looking for rental players are looking to minimize cap impact," Chayka told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports on Tuesday. "Some of these guys make $15,000 to $20,000 a day so the closer you get to the deadline the less the cap impact."

Hanzal, Stone, Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan are in the final year of their respective contracts and can become unrestricted free agents July 1.

While Chayka told Morgan that there have been "no discussion whatsoever" regarding Doan and waiving his no-movement clause, Hanzal, Stone and Vrbata could be on the move if teams pay up.

"Martin Hanzal is as good as they come when it comes to a matchup center against other teams' top lines," Chayka said. "He plays that hard, heavy game that is playoff hockey and he's been excellent for us lately. Teams that want to win Stanley Cups, they want Martin Hanzal in their lineup."

The Coyotes are also looking to retool for the 2017-18 campaign and have holes that need to be filled.

According to Arizona Sports, Chayka wants to bolster his center and right wing positions, and add a young goaltender.

Trade talks are expected to intensify in the coming days, as the trade deadline is now less than two weeks away.

 
 
 

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