By Tim Nielson: In a move that they hope will fix their porous defense, the New York Rangers picked up the superb puck-handler defense-man Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. In return for giving up Yandle, the Coyotes received the green forward Anthony Duclair. In addition to Duclair, the Coyotes also received defenseman John Moore, a 1st round draft pick for the 2016 NHL draft, 2nd rounder in 2015, and 4th round defenseman.
If this seems like a lot of players to be getting from the Rangers, you have to remember that Yandle, 28, is one of the best players in the NHL. You obviously can’t say that about the guys that the Coyotes received in return from the Rangers. The Coyotes got very little in return other than the 1st round pick in 2016. That could turn out to be a nice pick depending on the draft order for the Coyotes that year.
The Coyotes will need to pay half of Yandle’s salary for the 2015 season. He’s got $5.25 million coming this season.
The move to trade Yandle was done by the Coyotes to make them a younger team. They want to stack the team with talented, young players who will be around the organization for a long time. By picking up a handful of young players and two draft picks, the Coyotes will be look like a much different team in the coming seasons.
As long as these guys work out and play well, the Coyotes could be in a good position to make a run for the Stanley Cup in the next four to five years. The guys that they’re getting are obviously not going to be ready to play at a high level in the near future, but given them some time and they could be very good players one day.
The addition of Yandle is going to make the Rangers ready to get to the next level immediately. The Rangers already have some very talented players in Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle. When you add Yandle to that mix to handle the puck and shut down opposing team’s offensive weapons, the Rangers could be a very good team in 2015.