NHL trade deadline 2022 live tracker: Bruins extend Jake DeBrusk; plus rumors, predictions and who’s left

The Wild plan to trade the rights to 2018 third-round pick Jack McBain to the Arizona Coyotes for a second-round pick in the 2022 draft, according to sources. The pick, one of five seconds owned by the Coyotes in this July’s draft, is expected to be the one originally belonging to the Vancouver Canucks and was acquired by Arizona in last summer’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland trade.

The expectation is that Arizona will sign McBain to an entry-level contract, but the deal was still being worked on.

McBain, 22, led Boston College during his senior year with 33 points in 24 games. He finished second on the team with 19 goals.

The Wild had planned all season to sign McBain, burn the first year of his contract and give him the opportunity to play right away in the NHL. But McBain’s agent informed the Wild earlier this month that his client planned to become a free agent Aug. 15.

General manager Bill Guerin gave McBain’s agent permission to begin talking to teams. Once the McBain camp determined a handful of preferred destinations, Guerin would then trade McBain’s rights to one of those teams for the asking price of a second-round pick, so McBain could begin his contract now.

McBain’s reason for seeking a new team was apparently that he felt the wild were set at center for the foreseeable future, with Ryan Hartman on the top line, Freddy Gaudreau on the second, Joel Eriksson Ek in the first year of an eight-year contract and 2020 first-round pick Marco Rossi expected to make the team next season.

Heading into Monday’s 2 pm CT trade deadline, the wild now have two second-round picks at their disposal and are expected to get a third second-rounder awarded to them by the NHL on June 1 as compensation for not signing 2018 first-round pick Filip Johansson.


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