Wild land Martin Hanzal from Coyotes, but he didn't come cheap

That idea was reinforced on Sunday night when the Minnesota Wild acquired Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes for a package involving several draft picks.

Hanzal, a pending unrestricted free agent, was sought after by a number of contending teams ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline. Hanzal has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games with the Yotes this season.

The Wild, who also received Arizona's fourth-round pick in this year's draft, sent a first rounder this year, a second rounder next year, a conditional pick in 2019, and minor leaguer Grayson Downing to the Coyotes. The move comes just after the Blackhawks gave up a third-round pick to a much less proven player in Tomas Jurco from the Red Wings.

That said, Hanzal should provide the Wild with depth scoring and size down the middle. Further, Hanzal has driven play well this year with a Corsi For % of 52.2, the fourth highest CF% on the Coyotes, and he has supressed shots well while shorthanded with only 44.72 Shots Against/60, the second best on the Coyotes.

Hanzal is the Wild's big prize, and Fletcher said he doesn't feel pressure to make another move.

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Minnesota has a good chance to make a run at the Western Conference title this season, but it could have used these assets to target an impact player better than Hanzal.

Ryan White meanwhile has seven goals and six assists in 46 games, along with a team leading 70 penalty minutes.

The Minnesota Wild are serious Stanley Cup contenders, and in an effort to become more serious about that pursuit, they are pushing an very bad lot of poker chips to the middle of the table.

Entering Sunday, the Wild's Western Conference-leading 84 points are second in the National Hockey League behind only the Capitals.

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