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Wild acquires Arizona's Martin Hanzal, Ryan White

The Wild has acquired Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick for its 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick, a conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor-league center Grayson Downing.

If the Wild wins one playoff round this year, the 2019 draft pick becomes a third-round pick. If it wins two rounds, it becomes a second-round pick.

However, I've confirmed that if Hanzal doesn't play 50 percent of the Wild's playoff games, the Wild retains the pick outright (injury insurance).

The Coyotes retain 50 percent of Hanzal's $3.1 million cap charge to make it work.

Hanzal will wear No. 19, White No. 21.

With the amount of prospects coming, giving up draft picks is clearly more tolerable for the Wild. Remember, Wild's young core is completely intact for awhile, so draft picks will be used as currency.

"Chuck and Brent are locked in a room. I don't know what's going on," coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Wild's hour-long practice tonight, referring to GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Brent Flahr.

But, Fletcher right before he booked it from practice confirmed to me they were "waiting to find out" if the deal would be done. The trade call is taking place now.

Hanzal, 30, a solid two-way centerman whose 16 goals tie his career-high, ranks eighth in Coyotes/Jets history with 608 games played and his 313 points rank fifth since the club's relocation from Winnipeg and 14th in franchise history.

Hanzal’s 117 goals rank 13th in franchise history. He ranks sixth in the NHL this season with a .560 faceoff winning percentage (Mikko Koivu is 11th).

Coyotes reporter Craig Morgan sent me some quotes:

Hanzal said it was particularly hard to say goodbye to Shane Doan. "He was like a 2nd father to me. He's been helping me since Day 1"

Hanzal also noted it was hard saying goodbye to countryman Radim Vrbata, but he knows they will see each other a lot in the future. Hanzal said he has been expecting a trade for "the last 2 weeks" since the sides had not engaged in contract talks since the summer.

"It's been a good 10 years but I'm really looking forward to being in the playoffs and stepping on the ice to help Minnesota," Hanzal said.

On Fox Sports Arizona during first intermission, a disappointed Doan said (courtesy of NHL.com's Jerry Brown), "You play with a guy like that for 10 years and you understand how valuable (he is) and how you can't really replace him. The fact we just continue to seem go ... I don't know, it's hard to understand. You understand people's hands are tied, but you just don't get it."

White, 28, a rugged center and right wing, has scored seven goals and 13 points in 46 games this season with 70 penalty minutes. He has 29 goals and 29 assists in 294 career games with 433 penalty minutes. He's decent on faceoffs from the right side. I'd think he starts off playing for Jordan Schroeder.

Coyotes reporters say he's a great quote (all that matters) and teammates love him.

Both Hanzal and White are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer.

I've got to think Zac Dalpe heads back to Iowa tomorrow assuming Hanzal debuts.

The trade isn't official yet, so it'll be awhile before we speak again to Fletcher and Boudreau.

Wild signs Ryan Carter, recalls Zac Dalpe; Pulkkinen on waivers

UPDATED WITH QUOTES

The Wild has signed veteran forward Ryan Carter to a two-way contract for the rest of the season. The deal is worth a prorated $575,000 (42 days by the time the contract is likely registered). He'll make a prorated $250,000 when in the minors.

Carter, 33, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in October.

He joined the Wild during practices and morning skates earlier this month and last week signed a pro tryout for Iowa.

Carter, a quality checker and penalty killer and very popular locker-room guy, provides more depth and is playoff eligible because he signed before Wednesday's 2 p.m. trade deadline.

He was placed on waivers today, meaning he can't play in today's Iowa game. Assuming he clears Monday at 11 a.m., he can begin playing games again for Iowa.

"I’m not in any kind of rush," Carter said by phone. "I really want to be playing good hockey, strong hockey when I get up there. I just want to make sure I’m in the right spots, I’m making the right reads, I’m doing the right things and my mind’s in the right place – no apprehension – that if I do get the chance to play NHL games that I'm ready to go 100 percent, not overthinking the game, dipping my toe in. I’d like to be jumping in 100 percent."

Carter's timeline after surgery was five months. He's well ahead of that in large part because there'd be no point in coming back if he wasn't playoff eligible.

He says his shoulder has responded really well in the three games he has played for Iowa.

"If the Wild aren’t having such a good year, I probably wouldn’t be playing," Carter said. "There’s value knowing I fit around the guys and the chemistry inside the locker room goes a long way.

"Chuck’s (Fletcher) been a man of his word. At the time [of surgery], I thought a guy that’s 33 coming off labrum surgery having not played a game in awhile that it's going to be tough to get a job in late February. But here we are. I’m happy about it. Who knows what happens from here."

Carter, who has played 473 career games, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 before even playing a regular-season game. He went to the Stanley Cup Final with New Jersey in 2012.

Also, with the Wild in need of a center with three games in four nights beginning Monday against the L.A. Kings, Zac Dalpe was recalled from Iowa.

Dalpe, 27, has a goal and two assists in nine games with Minnesota and two goals and 40 shots in 12 games with Iowa this season.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on Oct. 31. He came back to Iowa's lineup, had some scar tissue complicating matters and underwent a second procedure. He has a goal in five games since his return.

Dalpe and Teemu Pulkkinen are on waivers, too.

Dalpe was placed on waivers I'm guessing to reset his waiver clock. He's at nine games, so if the Wild wants to send him down after tomorrow's game, he'd need waivers.

If he gets taken tomorrow, at least the Wild can react. I can't imagine the Wild would want to find out somebody grabbed him on waivers Wednesday -- three hours before the deadline, so that's why you do it today.

Pulkkinen is way more complicated. This resets his waiver clock, too, but he's not happy he has been stuck in Iowa and wants to be elsewhere.

By placing him on waivers, the Wild's giving him that ability. If he clears waivers, this is also a way of the Wild letting all 29 GM's know that he's available for trade by Wednesday's 2 p.m. deadline without sending a memo to all 29 teams.

So bottom line with Pulkkinen: If he clears waivers, Wild's no doubt willing to trade him by Wednesday.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers women's basketball at Maryland

    11 am on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio

    11:30 am

  • Washington at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Bemidji State at Gophers women's hockey

    4:07 pm

  • Miami at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Los Angeles at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Sacramento

    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Wild at Winnipeg

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Pittsburgh at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Utah

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Twins at Baltimore (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Wild at Columbus

    6 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Philadelphia (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan

    5:30 pm on ESPNEWS, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC at Portland

    8:30 pm on FS1

  • Toronto at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan

    7:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Twins at Washington (spring training)

    12:05 pm

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Today's Scoreboard

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    Baltimore

     

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    8

  • Washington

    Minnesota

     

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    2

    5

  • Toronto

    NY Yankees

     

    - F

    2

    7

  • Miami

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    4

    7

  • Boston

    Tampa Bay

     

    - F

    3

    7

  • Philadelphia

    Toronto

     

    - F

    10

    3

  • Detroit

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • Cleveland

    Chicago Cubs

     

    - F

    1

    1

  • Colorado

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    3

    7

  • San Francisco

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    9

    5

  • Texas

    Kansas City

     

    - F

    6

    4

  • LA Dodgers

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    10

    8

  • LA Angels

    Oakland

     

    - F

    5

    3

  • Arizona

    Colorado

     

    - F

    1

    6

  • San Diego

    Seattle

     

    - F

    2

    13

No NFL games today

  • Phoenix

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    96

    100

  • San Antonio

    LA Lakers

     

    - F

    119

    98

  • Memphis

    Denver

     

    - F

    105

    98

  • Utah

    Washington

     

    - F

    102

    92

  • Boston

    Detroit

     

    - F

    104

    98

  • Portland

    Toronto

     

    - F

    106

    112

  • New Orleans

    Oklahoma City

     

    - F

    110

    118

  • Charlotte

    LA Clippers

     

    - End 1st

    24

    32

  • Boston

    Dallas

     

    - F

    6

    3

  • Calgary

    Carolina

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Edmonton

    Nashville

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Columbus

    NY Rangers

     

    - F

    5

    2

  • St. Louis

    Chicago

     

    - F

    2

    4

  • Ottawa

    Florida

     

    - 3rd, 5:49

    2

    1

  • Buffalo

    Arizona

     

    - 2nd, 4:50

    2

    0

No MLS games today