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Arizona Coyotes trade Mikkel Boedker to Colorado Avalanche

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With no chance of a contract in sight, the Arizona Coyotes have dealt their top six forward.

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It became very clear last week that the Arizona Coyotes would not be able to sign Mikkel Boedker before free agency this summer. So they did the next best thing: maximize his value on the trade market.

Mikkel Boedker was traded to the Colorado Avalanche two hours ahead of the Trade Deadline. Information about the return was not immediately available.

Boedker has 13 goals and 26 assists in 62 games this season. The Dane is the quintessential streaky forward: he hasn't scored since February 4th versus the Chicago Blackhawks, but has eight multi-point games and two hat-tricks this season. When he's cold, he's cold. But when he gets going, he can be the most dangerous person on the ice.

Arizona may have stunted Boedker's development early on by rushing him to the NHL; he put up 28 points in 2008-09 after he was drafted eighth overall in 2008. He spent most of the next two seasons in the AHL before becoming a permanent part of the roster in 2011-12.

Boedker will be best remembered in Arizona for his consecutive overtime game-winners against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

We will update this story as news about the return to Arizona becomes available.

UPDATE (11:16 AM): The return is reportedly for forward Alex Tanguay, center prospect Conner Bleackley, and defensive prospect Kyle Wood.

UPDATE #2 (1:58 PM): Coyotes GM Don Maloney adds an extra little wrinkle to the trade that may be useful for Arizona: