Mikkel Boedker (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Coyotes had an offer out to free agent-to-be Mikkel Boedker, but they have reportedly “backed off” the deal which could mean he is moved at or before the trade deadline. Boedker, 26, has 13 goals and 38 points in 59 games.
If the Arizona Coyotes are heading to the post-season, they may have to get there without the services of winger Mikkel Boedker.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Coyotes had previously made a contract offer to the 26-year-old who is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, but, Dreger reported, that offer is now off the table. Dreger added the move by the Coyotes “further supports the likelihood (Boedker) will be traded.”
Boedker will be a big name available at the deadline and, if traded, he could be more than a rental for whichever team scoops him up. Through 59 games this season, Boedker is third on the Coyotes in scoring with 13 goals and 38 points and with some of his prime years ahead of him, he could fetch Arizona a good haul.
This isn’t the first time Boedker’s name has come up and he has been part of the rumor mill for several weeks now, but there wasn’t any certainty the Coyotes would trade him while still close to the playoffs. However, the Coyotes have fallen nine points out of the Pacific Division race and six points back of the second wild-card spot. Arizona has dropped all but five of their past 17 games and have fallen so far out of the race in the span of little more than a month.
Even if the Coyotes would have held onto Boedker, it’s tough to say whether he would have chosen to stay. This is his first time hitting unrestricted free agency, and he has never been able to come to terms on a long-term deal with the Coyotes.
After his three-year entry-level deal was over in 2011, Boedker signed consecutive two-year deals, the first worth $2.1 million and second worth $5.1 million. In the off-season, he re-upped for one more year with the Coyotes as a restricted free agent on a deal worth $3.75 million.
It would have been difficult for a budget team like the Coyotes to compete were Boedker to hit the open market, especially considering Boedker’s potential. He’s yet to have his breakout season, but he is eying up his second 50-point year in three seasons.