The Arizona Coyotes have been rumored to be looking towards a forward Christian Dvorak trade, and now it’s done. He is headed to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2022 first round pick and a 2024 second round pick. This comes after the Canadiens do not match the offer sheet made by the Carolina Hurricanes to Jesperi Kotkaniemi
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 4, 2021
The Christian Dvorak Trade Has Happened
During this offseason, Arizona has weaponized its cap space to pile up draft picks and get players. One of the names that have been involved in trade rumours for a while is Dvorak. The centreman has been linked to the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and most recently, Montreal Canadiens. Even though some didn’t agree with the trade, he’s found his new home.
Dvorak has five NHL seasons under his belt, with 67 goals and 146 points in 302 career games. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft with the 58th pick by Arizona. Before joining the Coyotes in 2016, he was playing for the OHL London Knights, serving as their captain in the 2015-16 season. Dvorak played for three seasons in London, appearing in 158 games. Throughout his junior career, he scored 99 goals and 145 points. He was also a part of Team USA in the 2016 World Junior Championship, scoring three goals and eight points in seven games.
What This Means For The Future
Dvorak is a versatile player, playing in the centre or on the left wing. The 25-year-old player is a good fit in the power play and is a great two-way centre, which made him attractive to many teams. His $4.45 million AAV also made him a good candidate to many teams, as it’s a low cap hit for a good player. Arizona’s general manager Bill Armstrong seemed hesitant to move a good piece but the right price was all it needed. With Dylan Guenther signed, Armstrong could be starting to make moves to open space for him. Dvorak can be very effective and is a great acquisition. If played in the right places, he’s a good candidate for a breakout season.