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Report: Keith Yandle “would love” to play for Bruins

Sep 5, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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CSNNE.com’s Danny Picard cites a “source close to” Keith Yandle who said the blueliner responded to “growing trade speculation” by saying that he’d “love” to play for the Boston Bruins.

There are a couple reasons that the deal might make some sense.

Yandle’s a Boston native and a high-scoring defenseman whose point-producing skills have already made him a two-time All-Star at just 26.

Aside from Zdeno Chara‘s flamethrower of a slap shot, the Bruins’ defense hasn’t been a steady source of offense – even during their Cup run.

Picard speculates that the Bruins’ new go-to trade rumor target David Krejci could theoretically be part of a deal to nab Yandle.

To acquire a player of Yandle’s caliber, the Coyotes would likely want a talented young player in return from the Bruins. David Krejci, who signed a three-year $15.75 million deal that kicks in this season, carries a cap hit equal to Yandle’s ($5.25 million) which might make the B’s center a logical chip to move.

Krejci topped all postseason scorers during the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run, but many believe that Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron make the playmaking pivot expendable.

Meanwhile, Oliver Ekman-Larsson‘s tantalizing promise might make Yandle’s skills a bit redundant, especially on a team with a tight budget like the Coyotes.

Does this deal make sense for both sides?

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Man. That move would solidify their back end. Giving up Krejci would significantly weaken the middle though. Cost-benefit?

    • windmiller4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Ya cause seguin and bergeron down the middle is significantly weak

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM

        All I am saying is be careful what you wish for. Depth can never be understated.

    • pepper2011 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Do it, Do it, Do it.
      They have enough Depth at center; Bergeron, Seguin, Kelly, Peverley, Campbell. Spooner and Knight can both play center (as 6th and 7th depth options). Yandle is a beast. We saw what happened in the playoffs when their D was stretched thin. I Believe Hamilton will be productive this year, but he is still really young. Maybe he has a Seguin type rookie year; a learning/development year. Not that most teams don’t have this problem but if something ever happened to Chara heading into the playoffs… it wouldn’t be good. Yandle is a top 15 dman. He plays in hell so he gets no recognition.

  2. itsallniceonice - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    And they drop who exactly? Krejci for Ryan and nothing else.

  3. capesouth - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Yet he quotes the twitter user who, I thought it was well know at this point, is an obvious imposter and likes to try and stir the pot with trade rumors. Everyone from Aaron Ward to Bob McKenzie have called that guy a fake..for whatever reason, he has gained traction. Yandle said what he said but that doesnt mean there is any offer on the table for Yandle. I wouldn’t mind this move but it makes for one extra d-man, with Hamilton probably making the team.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      we have terrible hockey reporters here in Boston…which doesn’t really make sense because of how prominent the sport is here

  4. jernster21 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    If Yandle was as good of a hockey player as he is at running his mouth after losing a playoff series he’d be pretty good.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Does Krejci want to go to Quebe-…I mean, Phoenix?

    • bearcountry17 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      He doesn’t have a no trade clause till ’13-’14(6 team no trade list) but there are a lot of Czechs on Phoenix even if he were to traded after.

  6. mpops86 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    The “source” is Eklund without the effort. For shame, CSNNE. For shame, PHT.

  7. pastabelly - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Makes sense since Z and Seidenberg aren’t young anymore.

    • pepper2011 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Seidenburg is 31. Not old. 4-5 very good years left. He is one of the guys (baring injury) that will be productive into his mid to late 30’s.

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