The Arizona Coyotes appear to be on the verge of trading winger Mikkel Boedker.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Coyotes have “backed off a previously tabled offer” to re-sign the pending unrestricted free agent. Boedker’s future with the club has been in doubt since the summer when, as a restricted free agent, he only signed a one-year extension.
Boedker has 13 goals and 25 assists in 59 games this season. He’s also a team-worst minus-27, which despite the questionable value of that statistic may require some salesmanship from GM Don Maloney.
Boedker’s age, on the other hand, will be easy to sell. He may not be as accomplished as Andrew Ladd and Loui Eriksson, two other pending UFA wingers who may find themselves on the move prior to Monday’s deadline, but they’re 30 and he’s 26. That matters because the Coyotes could theoretically get more from a team that sees Boedker as a long-term piece, as opposed to a team that sees him as a pure rental.