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NHL Trade Rumors: Defending Big D counters for Mikkel Boedker

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The Stars' SB Nation site received our offer, and were less than ecstatic about it. But is their counter-counter offer a good one for the Coyotes?

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Yesterday we asked Defending Big D to make an offer for Mikkel Boedker's services. They dangled Ales Hemsky for the Arizona Coyotes, and we ultimately decided we needed more to make a deal happen.

So what did DFD think of our counter-offer? And can a middle ground be located?

Our Counter Offer

Hemsky is a plenty serviceable NHL forward, but he doesn't really address any of Arizona's core needs. With that in mind, we added a couple of pieces to the deal to try and satisfy everybody:

To Dallas:

  • F Mikkel Boedker
  • D Nicklas Grossmann
  • D Kevin Connauton
  • F Jens Looke

To Arizona:

  • F Ales Hemsky
  • D Jason Demers
  • 2016 1st Round Pick

Arizona would get a top-four defenseman out of the deal, as well as the opportunity to restock their prospect pool, either via subsequent trades or on the Draft floor. Dallas would get Boedker as well as some NHL-caliber defensemen, while also getting a good two-way forward prospect in Looke.

The Counter-Counter

But Dallas was not entirely satisfied with our counter-offer.

If future help is what you're looking for, we could offer you Hemsky, Jokipakka and a second round pick in 2016. We have no interest in Grossmann, as he feels like a downgrade on the blueline, though Connauton is one we didn't want to part with but did because of waivers.

So here's what DFD's response to our counter-offer would look like.

To Dallas:

  • F Mikkel Boedker
  • D Nicklas Grossmann
  • D Kevin Connauton
  • F Jens Looke

To Arizona:

  • F Ales Hemsky
  • D Jason Demers D Jyrki Jokipakka
  • 2016 1st 2nd Round Pick

This deal would look more towards the future. Jokipakka is a quintessential stay-at-home guy, with big size (6' 3") that could fit in as a younger version of Zbynek Michalek or Nicklas Grossmann. While he would not contribute a ton offensively, he does have a pair of goals and four assists in 39 games this season.

The obvious problem that Jokipakka would present is that he would be another bottom-four guy on a roster that's currently jammed with those kind of role players. Even if Connauton was to go to Dallas, that still leaves Jokipakka competing with Klas Dahlbeck, Jarred Tinordi, and Nicklas Grossmann for playing time.

Final Thoughts

I think this deal would be a little bit closer to what Don Maloney might get for Mikkel Boedker. It's more built towards the future than Dallas' initial offer, and I still think there would be room to tinker around with the details. Perhaps Arizona could persuade Dallas to add San Jose's third round pick (acquired in the Brenden Dillon-Jason Demers trade) or bump the 2nd up to a first if Arizona opted for a waiver eligible prospect with a lower ceiling or a longer development time.

But what if the Stars weren't the only suitor for Mikkel Boedker. Don Maloney is presumably going to get several offers, some more serious than others. Could somebody else step in and try to make a deal? Might a trading partner from seasons past make a run at the Danish winger? Is this foreshadowing too heavy-handed? We shall see.