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.
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.
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:
Maloney said C Bleackley has a knee injury. Will re-evauated before June 1. If team doesn't sign him they get a compensatory pick (2nd rd).— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) February 29, 2016