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Report: Red Wings “have inquired” about Keith Yandle

Aug 14, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

Keith Yandle AP

The Detroit Red Wings’ search for a defenseman reportedly isn’t stopping with Jay Bouwmeester.

Gregg Krupa reports that the Red Wings have also “inquired” about Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.

It would cost the Red Wings considerably to acquire him. But Yandle, who turns 26 next month, is far more worthy of it than Bouwmeester.

The Red Wings have inquired about Yandle. But what complicates their pursuit is the perilous ownership situation in Phoenix.

(Krupa goes on to discuss the possibility of Coyotes players becoming available through a “dispersal draft,” but we’ll just move on from that subject.)

Here’s a quick-and-dirty breakdown of what the two defensemen bring to the table:

Yandle – 25 years old, cap hit: $5.25 million through 2015-16, 43 points in 2011-12

Bouwmeester – 28 years old, cap hit: $6.68M through 2013-14, 29 points in 2011-12

Of course, their respective teams might require different assets in a trade, but the Red Wings at least have options to fill the gaping holes in their defense.

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  1. redwingsfan999 - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Keith yandle is the perfect player for the wings 2 get on defense, I hope they get him instead of bouwmeester

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      This Flames fan hopes they get him over Bow as well!

  2. charleslouis99 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    boumeester- St Louis
    yandle- Detroit
    everybody happy! lol

    • ecmar2000 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      Can you imagine JayBo’s “physical” style fitting in with a Hitch-coached team? Now, that’s ‘Youtube’ material (those intermission “sessions” between he and Hitch)!

      • tmoore4075 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        I just want to see the stare downs after a bad shift. Hitch with his arms folded just looking at him as he gets back to the bench.

      • jtrain1966 - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:53 AM

        I love the sarcasm ! Putting J-BO, & physical in the same sentence is like : setting up an ice cream shop in hell !

  3. hockinj25 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Report: Red Wings have inquired about every defenseman believed to be on the trade market.

    This is not news. The Wings need another defensemen. We all know this.

  4. tmoore4075 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    He would cost more in assets that JayBo but obviously worth more. I’d love him in the Winged Wheel. If the ownership is an issue, which I’m sure it is, he’ll never get traded. lol

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