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PHT Morning Skate: Where Keith Yandle might be on the move

Jun 22, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Darren Millard reports that the Phoenix Coyotes are shopping around star – but expensive – defenseman Keith Yandle. Millard said a deal is “close” and that they previously put him on the block during the trade deadline. Is this a money thing or an Oliver Ekman-Larsson thing? (Millard)

Gary Lawless has the latest on the contract negotiations between Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets. Apparently Pavelec’s reps want a four-year, $17 million deal while the Jets are thinking something more along the lines of a three-year, $12 million pact. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Here’s the lowdown on Brad Stuart‘s new deal with the San Jose Sharks via Kevin Kurz. (

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t exactly accustomed to having such a high draft pick lately. (

Joe Haggerty regenerates a growing debate: should there be a “Bobby Orr Trophy”? That alteration would permit voters to honor the best stay-at-home defenseman and the best scoring defenseman separately, which seems relevant again considering Erik Karlsson‘s Norris victory. (

The Coyotes might not have Yandle around to help their goalies, but they’re looking to keep their “Goalie Whisperer.” Pierre LeBrun reports that the team is close to bringing back Sean Burke. (ESPN)

Despite all the transfer headaches that can potentially come with it, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says he won’t shy away from drafting Russian players this weekend. (

Michael Arace believes that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be fools to pass on Nail Yakupov if he drops to them at No. 2. (Columbus Dispatch)

Fourteen picks who could make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers. (

  1. sknut - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    If Yandle does get traded does that mean that team acquiring him didn’t like their chances in the Suter sweepstakes. I also wonder if they waited till after Suter signed somewhere if they would get more as maybe a team would be more desperate to get a top notch d-man.

    • miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Good questions, I guess only time will tell but I think you are dead on. A team like Philly has a lot of people they could possibly move and if they miss out on Sutter would they possibly go all in to get Yandle? Then again they already got a Coyote last year and SO FAR that isn’t working out to well.

  2. buffbry - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    If the wings could get him along with signing Parise and Suter, they will be stacked going into the season. Yandle would help ease the lose of Lidstrom while Suter is better then Stuart. Parise Franzen Datsyuk, Zetterberg Filppula and Nyquist. Gotta love that top 6 too!

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Yeah if the wings could get those 3 players they would be taking on about 20 million more in cap space, still lose some decent players to get yandle and not have a Full roster…. Getting all 3 is as likely as the flyers trying to get Malkin, stamkos and ovechkin while keeping giroux.

    Speaking of the flyers, I could see yandle going after him. Pretty expensive player who is used to playing with the flyers new franchise goalie…. Maybe it would be a smart move if they drop JVR and a pick or something, not sure if that would get the job done.

    • buffbry - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      I don’t think it’s as impossible as your making it out to be. We have a ton of prospects and most likely cleary going the other way as well, I could also see Kindl and quincey as part of the deal. Quincey replaces Yandle in the top 4, kindl rounds out the bottom 6 D, and Cleary gives them playoff experience and a 2nd line winger who can play the PP and the PK. also clears 3 million in cap space. Wings can easily absorb all 3 of those players salaries and still work under the cap. 2 of the being Free agents and 1 being a trade that could happen.

      You say Malkin Stamkos and Ovechkin, thats so far fetched it’s ridiculous to say. What I proposed isn’t the most ridiculous thing in the world, especially with the people who post on these sites and come up with things like Mike Komiserek for John Tavares trades. Keep in mind I said I would love for that to happen not ITS GOING TO HAPPEN. Big difference, and Parise and Suter are most likely signing in Detroit(or at least have a good chance of doing that) So don’t make it like I said the most ridiculous statement in the universe Smart Guy

  4. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Hmmm… Krecji and a decent draft pick in exchange for Yandle in a Bruins jersey?

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Mike Green and 2 First Rounders for him…. One could only hope

    • babykaby - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:04 AM

      @ravenscaps48 Please, I’m begging you, change your moniker. It is beyond embarassing to have you even remotely associated with the Caps or the Ravens.

  6. proudliberal85392 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    As a Coyotes ticket holder, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be sorry to see Yandle go. A lot of times this past season, it seemed like he had an “OK, I got the big contract…I can dial it down a bit” attitude.

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