New York Rangers Aquire Defenseman Keith Yandle From Arizona Coyotes for Anthony Duclair and A 1st Round Pick

NHL: JAN 26 Coyotes at Avalanche

 CBS Sports – The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The Coyotes will get Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore, New York’s 2016 first-round draft pick according to Darren Dreger of TSN. Additionally, Arizona will retain 50 percent of Yandle’s salary and included Chris Summers, who has bounced between the Coyotes and the AHL, in the deal. Yandle has one year remaining on his contract with a $5.25 million cap hit.

I’m the worst person to break down trades because I love prospects and draft picks. I always believe we can draft the next big start, and I hate giving up first round picks every year at a time when there’s more talent then there’s ever been in junior hockey/the NCAA.

As you can imagine I’m a massive fan of Anthony Duclair. I think he’s going to a bonafide star within the next three years so I’m not exactly thrilled with the Rangers parting ways with him. I think he got the short end of the stick this season and could have contributed to the Rangers if he was given a fair shot. But on the flip side it’s almost impossible to argue with Glen Sather’s trade record at this point. Say what you want about him signing free agents (he’s terrible at it), but no one corrects a mistake (that’s he himself made) or swings a trade better then Sather. He traded Scott Gomez and his awful contract for Chris Higgins and a throw in defenseman by the name of Ryan McDonagh. Just last season he somehow managed to trade Michael Del Zotto for Kevin Klein!

What is clear is the Rangers are getting a top puck moving defenseman in the prime of his career. Do I think the Rangers gave up just a little bit too much? Of course I do, but at this point I don’t think I’m allowed to be mad about since at the time I hated how much the Rangers gave up for Martin St. Louis and that trade has worked out more then fine for the Rangers.

As much as I want to complain about the Rangers trading their top prospect, or not having a 1st round pick from 2012-2017 I understand the mentality. The Rangers window is now, they have to make moves and sacrifice their future to try and win a cup now. What good is Duclair scoring 35 goals six years from now if the rest of the Rangers are aging vets who aren’t good enough to contend anymore. This is a win now team and they need to make win-now trades.        


PS. I think one of the reasons the Rangers ended up being OK with parting ways with Duclair is because they feel very strongly about 20 year old Pavel Buchnevich coming over from the KHL next season (his contract expired this season). He put up a 13-16-29 in 49 KHL games this year, a far cry from Duclair’s junior numbers, but it’s the KHL 

That's pretty
That’s pretty

PPS. The Rangers sure better win a cup over the next two years because their big time investment in veteran players plus trading all their draft picks from 2012 through 2017 means that when this window closes they’ll be looking a lot like the 2009-2014 Mets. Let’s just hope it’s worth it. 

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