STRALMAN SENT TO ARIZONA
The Arizona Coyotes acquired defensemen Anton Stralman and Vladislav Kolyachonok, and a second-round draft pick in 2024 from the Florida Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick in 2023.
What does it give the Arizona Coyotes
This trade makes sense for both teams. For Arizona, a team clearly in full-blown rebuilding mode, adding another early draft pick in '24 is a good move. However, the key to this deal may be Kolyachonok, whose chances of cracking the NHL lineup have improved greatly after this deal. As for Stralman, he will be a stabilizing vet for the Coyotes.
What does it give the Florida Panthers
For Florida, a team seeking to step into Stanley Cup contender status, moving out Stralman's $5.5 million cap hit was important for the team this off-season. It came at the expense of a solid D-man prospect and a future second-rounder, and all they got back was a seventh-rounder. That is the cost of dumping an expensive contract in a flat-cap world.
There is no immediate fantasy impact here, as Stralman's offensive days are over and Kolyachonok is at least one season away from fantasy relevance (if not more).