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Chicago Blackhawks’ Holiday Wish List And Potential Trade Targets

By Aaron Goldschmidt
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Jan 7, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Arizona Coyotes won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Arizona Coyotes won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes: 29 years old, 6-6, 226 pounds, C, pending UFA signed at AAV $3.1M/year; 21 games played, 5 goals 4 assists

In his 10th season with the Arizona Coyotes, Martin Hanzal has been a solid player and a leader for this organization. Without too many playoff appearances, Hanzal has managed to be pretty productive with his most successful season being last year, posting 13 goals and 28 assists in 64 games played.

Hanzal is a big body who tends to hover close to the crease at all times. His numbers show he has great vision for finding others in scoring areas, too. He has a 51.4 lifetime faceoff winning percentage, which would help the Hawks’ immensely. Hanzal would be welcomed with open arms to the Blackhawks by his fellow Czechs Michal Kempny and former teammate Michal Rozsival.

There is no doubt the Coyotes will be sellers at the deadline, and it looks as though Hanzal won’t be the only Yote on the block. Longtime captain Shane Doan and journeyman Radim Vrbata are also pending UFAs and may decide to chase a Cup this year with a contending team.

There are also rumors that young star Anthony Duclair could use a change of scenery since his scoring touch has dried out.

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