Mikkel Boedker to Avalanche: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

Arizona Coyotes' Mikkel Boedker in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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With mere hours remaining in the NHL trade deadline, the Colorado Avalanche announced they acquired winger Mikkel Boedker from the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, winger Alex Tanguay and prospects Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood will be heading to the Avs, and neither team will retain any salary.

The cost for Colorado isn't all that high given what was reportedly the Coyotes' earlier asking prices for Boedker. According to USA Today, the team was initially wanting to get a first-round pick back and then lowered the demand to a second-round pick and a "quality prospect."

Swapping Boedker for Tanguay, Bleackley and Wood isn't a bad deal for the Avalanche, who will benefit from the immediate impact of the addition of Boedker. Dan Rosen of NHL.com is a fan of the deal for Colorado:

NHL Network's Steve Mears also noted how the 26-year-old provides some much needed youth to the lineup:

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger is already looking forward to what should be a potent Avs attack:

Boedker has scored 13 goals and assisted on 26 more in 62 games this year. He could very well set career highs in both categories this year.

Sportsnet's Dimitri Filipovic, however, isn't sold that Boedker's numbers reflect his true value on the ice:

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Willis noted Tanguay is averaging 0.42 points more per 60 minutes than Boedker this year. Boedker should be an improvement over the 36-year-old Tanguay, but Avs fans might want to temper their expectations for him somewhat.

The Coyotes are eight points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They were unlikely to make the playoffs with Boedker, so they were smart to cash in before potentially losing him for nothing in the offseason after he hits unrestricted free agency.

Tanguay is also a free agent at the end of the season, so Arizona is only tied down to him financially for the short term.

Both Bleackley and Wood give the Coyotes two assets for the future. The former has 13 goals and 28 assists for the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL, while the latter has eight goals and 27 assists in the OHL for the North Bay Battalion.

Neither projects as an All-Star-caliber prospect at this stage of their careers, but they could provide value to Arizona down the road, which was unlikely to be the case for Boedker.