Some years the trade deadline can be an episode of Let’s Make a Deal, with seemingly endless possibilities behind concealed doors. Other years, it’s much more clear. The 2012 trade deadline was focused on Rick Nash. The 2014 deadline was centered around Martin St. Louis and then-pending UFAs Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. This season, the two names leading the discussions were Keith Yandle and Eric Staal.
For a long time earlier in the season, it seemed like the Keith Yandle leaving the Rangers at the trade deadline was inevitable. The situation seemed to shift when McDonagh went down with a concussion on February 6th, and Yandle oddly went from playing 3rd pairing minutes to leading the Rangers in ice-time nearly nightly in McDonagh’s absence.
I try to live my life by two simple rules:
- When there’s trouble you call DW
- Be aware of the limitations of my own memory
While the application of Rule #1 is pervasive and obvious, Rule #2 has specific relevance to the early season discussions on the play of Keith Yandle. I think our memories left unchecked can be less than stellar evaluators of players like Yandle. Read more
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As I’m sure you’ve seen, the Rangers made a big splash yesterday, acquiring Keith Yandle from the Coyotes and locking Mats Zuccarello up to a four year contract.
Yandle didn’t come cheap: he–along with defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 4th round pick–cost the Rangers John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a 2016 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick. The Coyotes will be eating half of Yandle’s salary, so for this season and next, Yandle comes at a cap cost of $2.625 million.
Bob McKenzie reports the Rangers are deep in discussions for Keith Yandle.
I’ve long been screaming for a legitimate offensive defenseman, and Yandle would be an amazing addition.
The price won’t be cheap, however, as McKenzie reports the asking price would be Anthony Duclair and a 1st round pick.