Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend that defenseman Keith Yandle has put off talks of an extension with the Rangers. This likely means that the Rangers will need to part with him in a trade in order to recoup some value from what has now become a disastrous trade. Yandle was acquired at the trade deadline last year at the biggest cost of all of Glen Sather’s “win now” trades, with Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a first round pick, and a second round pick heading to Arizona.
The biggest piece here was Duclair, who is lighting it up in Arizona right now playing with Max Domi. Duclair has a line of 12-11-23 in his rookie season and won’t be slowing down any time soon. The first round pick hurts as well, as it will mark the fourth straight year the Rangers don’t have a first round pick. It’s tough to blame Yandle for not wanting to talk an extension either, as his playing time doesn’t match his production. He’s been relegated to third pairing and second powerplay minutes, while far inferior players are getting more ice time across the board.
Suffice it to say, if Yandle isn’t extended, this is a disastrous trade for the Rangers.