Dvorak traded to Canadiens by Coyotes
Christian Dvorak was traded to the Montreal Canadiens by the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
The trade comes after the Canadians decided not to match the Carolina Hurricanes’ offer sheet on restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi, for whom they were given a first and third round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Arizona will receive the higher of Montreal’s two first-round picks in the 2022 Draft and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. However, if one or both of the first-round picks are in the top 10 in the draft, the Coyotes will receive the weaker pick.
“When I got here (September 2020), the previous regime had sort of depleted our assets, and with some of the fines the NHL gave us, I was trying to find ways within the NHL to create choices. in the draft, ”said the Coyotes general. said director Bill Armstrong. “We were able to do that this summer. We were able to find ways to create choices and put together choices and strengthen ourselves as an organization. It really reinforces that. Now that gives us three first rounds and five seconds. in one of the strongest drafts of the past 10 years. “
Dvorak, a 25-year-old forward, has four more seasons to go on a six-year contract he signed with Arizona on August 9, 2018. He has 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 56 games. last season.
Selected by the Coyotes in the second round (58th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Dvorak scored 146 points (67 goals, 79 assists) in 302 regular season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in nine series playoff games.
“I think with Christian when I came into the organization it was interesting because we had talked to other teams about almost everyone on the roster and the value to the player,” said Armstrong.
“After the season was over, we explored, and it was my job to go and see again what the value was. I felt Christian was very valuable, not only to our club but also to the market. free because crosses this year seem to be hard to find, so we tried to maximize that. Obviously we had to look to improve our team on the road, and this move did that. “
NHL.com editor Tracey Myers contributed to this report