Rangers General Manager Glen Sather decided to make quite the splash on Sunday afternoon by trading for skilled Coyotes defensemen Keith Yandle with 50% of his salary being retained by Arizona. The Rangers will also receive a 2015 fourth round pick and defenseman Chris Summers.
Arizona continues to stockpile quality prospects and picks as they receive Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first round pick, 2015 second round pick, and defenseman John Moore.
This is a classic short term vs. long term deal for the Rangers. They are sacrificing some quality futures in an effort to win in the now.
What exactly is New York getting in Keith Yandle?
Yandle is a player capable of playing a lot of minutes while generating shot attempts at an elite level for his team. He generates tangible offense at a top pairing rate as. He isn’t the best candidate to suppress shotsb but considering how well he does generating chances it more than makes up for it.
Arizona gets both short and long term benefits from this trade. Most times it would hurt a team to deal a talented player like Yandle to another team, but considering Arizona is in a heated race with Buffalo and Edmonton for McEichel losing the talent is actually a blessing. Long term the Coyotes will have two first round picks in both 2015 and 2016 along with promising forward prospects as Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Brendan Perlini, and Christian Dvorak.
In Anthony Duclair Arizona acquires an absolute speedster with a shot to match. Duclair teamed up with Max Domi in the 2015 World Junior Championships to form quite a formidable duo for Team Canada. They now reunite in the desert and should be a handful for the opposition for years to come. Duclair has played in 18 games with New York and has one goal and seven points. In his last 78 games with the Quebec Ramparts he has 59 goals and 124 points.
Arizona is setting itself up for a quality rebuild.
New York is starting to put all its chips in the middle of the table. They will need to match last year’s deep playoff run in order to justify the amount of assets they are giving up.