Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:10pm


The Arizona Coyotes acquired winger Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.

What does it give the Arizona Coyotes
This is a good gamble for Coyotes GM John Chayka, mostly because Pulkkinen is a pure goal-scorer (and those are not easy to find in today's NHL). Now 25, Pulkkinen has struggled with the pace of the highest level, both with Detroit and Minnesota. A restricted free agent on July 1, Pulkkinen could be auditioning for his NHL life within the Arizona organization down the stretch.

What does it give the Minnesota Wild
There is a chance that the Wild could end up without anything in return for Pulkkinen, especially if he struggles in the coming weeks as a member of the Coyotes organization. Should that happen, Arizona will probably not tender a qualifying offer (which would make him an unrestricted free agent, and a likely candidate to return to Europe for 2017-18). Only time will tell.

Fantasy impact
Pulkkinen is now the deepest of dark horses in fantasy hockey, but still somewhat intriguing despite his failures in the NHL. Time is running out, though.

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Arizona Coyotes

Teemu Pulkkinen RW/LW

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future considerations