Coyotes trade Nick Bjugstad, Dineen to Oilers for Michael Kesselring, draft pick

Mar 2, 2023, 2:01 PM | Updated: 2:31 pm

Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) defends stops the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes cent...

Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) defends stops the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Arizona Coyotes are trading forward Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Cam Dineen to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick.

The Oilers are also sending over 23-year-old defenseman Michael Kesselring, who has spent the past three seasons with the AHL Bakersfield Condors and has yet to make his NHL debut.

Additionally, Arizona is retaining 50% of Bjugstad’s cap hit. Per, the Coyotes will be on the hook for half of the forward’s $900,000 cap hit.

“I’d like to thank Nick for all of his contributions to the Coyotes on and off the ice this season,” Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said in a press release. “Nick is a tremendous person and was extremely well-liked and respected in our dressing room. We wish him all the best with the Oilers.”

Appearing in 59 of Arizona’s 60 games so far this season, Bjugstad recorded 13 goals, 10 assists and 28 penalty minutes. He didn’t play the past two games as a late scratch for trade-related reasons.

Before signing with the Coyotes this past offseason, Bjugstad spent time with the Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers.

Dealing Bjugstad is the latest move in Arizona’s continued rebuild under general manager Bill Armstrong.

Before Bjugstad was traded, the Coyotes on Thursday sent goaltender Jon Gillies to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick. Arizona also received the contract of forward Jakub Voracek.

On Wednesday, the Coyotes dealt defenseman Jakob Chychrun to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2023 conditional first-round pick, a 2024 conditional second-round pick and an additional 2026 second-round pick.

The Coyotes also sent defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2026 third-round pick earlier in the day.

Ahead of the goodbyes to Chychrun and Gostisbehere, the Coyotes traded Dysin Mayo last week for a late-round draft pick and the contract of Shea Weber.

Arizona added another selection on Tuesday by agreeing to take on 25% of Patrick Kane’s remaining salary this season to facilitate his move from the Blackhawks to the New York Rangers.

Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes...

Dan Bickley

Arizona Coyotes relocation not our fault, it’s on the owner and local politics

Arizona is a very good hockey market and Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and local politicians should be blamed for their relocation.

5 hours ago

Rendering of the Arizona Coyotes' Phoenix arena plan...

Arizona Sports

Coyotes owner still plans to bid on land in Phoenix earmarked for NHL arena

Despite the imminent sale and relocation of his team to Salt Lake City, Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo still plans to bid on and win the auction on June 27 for land in northeast Phoenix, on which he hopes to build a hockey arena suitable to host an NHL team.

13 hours ago

Arizona Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny was proud of his team's resiliency after two straight win...

Damon Allred

Arizona Coyotes’ Andre Tourigny impressed with team’s resiliency amid Utah relocation talks

Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny's squad showed up with two big wins over some of the NHL's best amid a firestorm of relocation talk.

23 hours ago

Coyotes fans at Mullett Arena...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes fans react to reports of team relocating to Utah

Arizona Coyotes hockey fans both in and out of the desert gathered together to mourn as reports of the team relocating to Utah came out.

1 day ago

A detailed view of the Arizona Coyotes logo on the jersey worn by Johan Larsson #22 of the Arizona ...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes told move to Utah is a go, per reports

Time has run out on the Arizona Coyotes franchise, as players were told before Friday's game that the team is relocating to Salt Lake City.

1 day ago

Clayton Keller skates...

Arizona Sports

Coyotes players: We don’t know more than ‘what everyone else is seeing’ on potential relocation

Like most everyone else, Arizona Coyotes players have seemingly been left in the dark regarding potential relocation.

1 day ago

Coyotes trade Nick Bjugstad, Dineen to Oilers for Michael Kesselring, draft pick