The Arizona Coyotes, as TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta was the first to report via Twitter, traded center Martin Hanzal on Sunday in a move that could trigger another forward leaving town.
Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata has generated plenty of interest from several teams and is expected to be the next player the Coyotes trade.
Hanzal, along with center Ryan White and a draft pick, were shipped to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday in exchange for three high draft picks and a prospect.
Vrbata won't command that level of a return, but will bring the Coyotes a high draft pick and possibly a prospect.
The 35-year-old comes with a $1 million salary cap hit, but he can earn up to $1.25 million in playoff performance bonuses, which a lot of teams are taking into consideration.
In addition to Vrbata, the Coyotes are willing to listen to offers on captain Shane Doan, who was visibly frustrated Sunday night after the team completed their trade with Minnesota.
Doan, 40, owns a full no-movement clause and would have to approve any trade the team tries to complete.
Coyotes GM John Chayka told reporters in a conference call Sunday evening that while a trade involving Doan is not imminent, it's not completely out of the question.
"I've had discussions with Shane," Chayka said. "He's suggested to me he signed here to be a Coyotes, he's only every played here, that's where he wants to finish his career. Having said that, there have been some thoughts towards what would another opportunity look like with his last year, the potential last year of his career, to take a run at a Stanley Cup. I think that's natural for him to have some of those thoughts. He hasn't comes to me and said, 'Look, I want to pursue other opportunities.' And that's where we're at today."
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are among the teams that have expressed some level of interest in Doan in the past, and both could explore the possibility again before Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline.
The Coyotes also continue to dangle young forward Anthony Duclair, though any trade involving him would likely be a larger deal.
"I'm open to adding, subtracting, lateral moves, whatever to make out team better and continue to grow," said Chayka.