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February 25, 2017 | 11:40am ET
Hanzal waiting for inevitable trade
TheFourthPeriod.com

Martin Hanzal knows his time with the Arizona Coyotes is coming to an end and he's clearly grateful for the time he's spent with the organization.

Hanzal, 29, is making $3.5 million in salary this season, though his cap hit is $3.1 million. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Several teams have expressed significant interest in acquiring Hanzal prior to Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline, and a move is anticipated by both the team and the player.

"I'm happy for every single day I've played for this organization, and I'm hoping I can stay a little bit longer," Hanzal told the Arizona Republic. "But the closer we get to the deadline, it looks like I'm going to get moved. We'll see."

The Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators are among the teams interested in Hanzal, who has attracted serious interest from at least five other clubs.

"Whatever happens next few days, I'm still gonna like this place and I'll still stay positive whatever happens," Hanzal said.

The Coyotes are believed to be asking for a top prospect and a first- or second-round draft pick in exchange for Hanzal.

The Coyotes already completed one trade this week, moving defenseman Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames. Hanzal and forwards Radim Vrbata and Ryan White are also expected to be on the move over the next four days.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan and youngster Anthony Duclair are also in play.

In Doan's case, the decision ultimately lies with him and it's believed the Coyotes will have another conversation with him about which teams are expressing interest as early as this weekend.

 
 
 

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