There has been some criticism about Chychrun’s lack of points this season, combined with him being on course for easily the worst plus/minus rating of his NHL career. However, this says more about the truly awful Arizona team around him, rather than his own play and talent.
As mentioned already, Dubas is willing to part with a top prospect if it’s worth it. (Nick Robertson would seem to be the best bet.) In addition, the Leafs are well positioned to include one or more high draft picks if they consider it appropriate.
Even taking all this into account however, it will still take a precarious balancing act by Dubas to pull off a trade for Chychrun. A lot of things will have to go right, in order to make this work for the Leafs both this season and beyond.
Overall, the Boca Raton, Florida native is worth it, but only up to a point. By all means the Leafs should inquire and they certainly have the necessary assets available, but ultimately they will likely be compromised by the financial restrictions imposed by their salary cap situation.
What is your position on Chychrun? How much do you believe the Leafs should realistically be willing to give up, in order to trade for him? Let us know in the comments section below.