Who Wore It Best: Number 89

As with most of these high numbers, when it comes to #89 there can be only one Mikkel Bødker. He was with us for just a short time but may have signified the end of an era.

Bødker was drafted 10 years ago by the Coyotes with the 8th overall pick. Born in Denmark, he ended up with the Kitchener Rangers via Sweden before the draft and immediately turned pro. His first season was spent in Phoenix but the next two he shuttled back and forth from there to the San Antonio Rampage. The next 4 and most of the fifth were spent with the Yotes where he established himself as a fast but not entirely prolific scorer.

At the trade deadline in 2016 he was surprisingly traded to the Avs. One of the more coveted rentals at the time, the MSHM thought it was a little out of left field that the bubble-bound Avs would win the lottery for Arizona’s star. The price wasn’t very steep either. The Avs offloaded the final 18 games of Alex Tanguay’s NHL career, total bust 1st rounder Conner Bleackley and another prospect they had no interest in, Kyle Wood.

Tale of the tape in that trade, the Avs got 4G/8A from Bødker, the Yotes got 4G/9A from Tangs then zilch from Wood other than some PP goals in the AHL one year. But… they did get a compensatory 2nd from not signing Bleackley which they traded to detroit in the goofball Datsyuk salary cap dodge. The wings got Philip Hronek out of it and Arizona got to listen to people say how smart they were for some reason.

The Bødker trade actually ends up a pretty good one but the reasoning wasn’t very sound. It came as the conclusion to a spending spree that gave us Shawn Matthias, Eric Gelinas and Bods while we gave away a bunch of prospects, picks and mistakes. It didn’t work and ultimately Patrick Roy bolted the following Summer leaving the rest of us to deal with the lost season. If the Avs had stood pat they would have had an extra 2nd, 3rd & 4th in the pipeline right now. None of the guys picked in those spots have played an NHL game yet so it’s too early to tell if it would have made any difference but drafting is a volume game and more tickets equals more chances to win.

Back to Bødker, he went on to sign a heinous deal with the Sharks in the Summer of 2016 and was just traded to Ottawa this Summer so he gets to see what a rebuild looks like from the inside. Good luck!



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