NHL Rumour Report: Jakob Chychrun bidding war heats up; 9 teams involved

At least 9 teams have now been linked to the Coyotes' star defenseman.

- The Jakob Chychrun sweepstakes are gaining steam with the NHL trade deadline just around the corner.

- The bidding war has intensified, with several teams already believed to have met Arizona's initial asking price. Coyotes management appears intent on holding on until closer to the deadline, knowing Chychrun is likely the first big defensive domino to fall.

- It's still not really clear why he's available - whether a trade request was made or if the Coyotes really do believe that trading their young cornerstone will be worth the return. But reports continue to suggest that the Coyotes are not just listening - they're actively shopping for the best deal possible.

- Of course, the Coyotes don't have to trade Chychrun now. They could wait until closer to the draft. But the rate at which the trade rumours continue to intensify, it sounds like bidders are very eager to get it done before March 21st.

- The list of Jakob Chychrun linked teams continues to grow: the Blues, Rangers, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Canucks, Bruins, Kings and Hurricanes are all believed to be in the mix. There are surely others who are at least keeping tabs.

- With less than two weeks to go before the NHL trade deadline, it's just about time for Chychrun suitors to cut to the chase and put their best offers on the table.
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