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Arizona Coyotes Trade Veteran Forward At Deadline

Nick Bjugstad Traded by Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes announced that forward Nick Bjugstad was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2023 third-round draft pick and defenceman Michael Kesselring. Defenceman Cam Dineen is included on the package to Edmonton.

Centre Nick Bjugstad Traded by the Arizona Coyotes

Veteran centre Nick Bjugstad has been traded by the Arizona Coyotes. He was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers. Now, Bjugstad is in his 12th NHL season. Over his career, he played for the Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, and Coyotes. The Coyotes signed Bjugstad to a one-year contract in the off-season. While Bjugstad’s point production has tailored off in recent years, he is having somewhat of a resurgence this year. In 54 games this season Bjugstad has scored 13 goals and ten assists. This is his highest point total since the 2017-18 season with the Panthers when he put up 49 points.

What It Means For the Future

Nick Bjugstad is a solid bottom-six veteran forward. At 6 foot 6 inches and 209 pounds, Bjugstad provides size down the middle. For a team looking to go deep in the playoffs, having a veteran presence such as Bjugstad is invaluable as well. Bjugstad can provide stability down the middle. Plus, he is a very effective defensive forward to help with both positional matchups and the penalty kill. The fact that Bjugstad has shown a resurgence of his offensive ability shows that he can also contribute to the score sheet while handling key defensive responsibilities.

The Coyotes brought Bjugstad in to provide a veteran presence for their large group of younger players. He seems to have done just that. But now the Coyotes have taken advantage of Bjugstad’s trade value being at a high point. With Bjugstad an unrestricted free agent after this season and likely a rental, the Coyotes decision to move him brings them additional assets to help their rebuild.

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