With Mark Streit presumably off the market this summer, pending a new deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers still have options to try and bolster their blue line; assuming of they feel the need to add another defenseman or two.
While Streit was said to be highly sought after on the open market, there aren’t many other free agent d-men that could be pegged as a number one or two guy for teams to fight over. This may leave trading for that top defenseman as the only option for the Oilers and one name that continues to come up is Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes.
TheFourthPeriod.com reported last weekend that the Flyers were interested in acquiring Yandle and were said to be willing to part ways with either Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn to make the deal happen. Now that Paul Holmgren landed Streit, it’s unclear if he will continue his attempt at making a deal for Yandle, meaning the Coyotes could be looking for a new trading partner.
It’s public knowledge that Coyotes GM Don Maloney will deal Yandle, he has said so himself providing he gets what he’s asking for in return. That’s where the debate comes in to play with the Oilers. Should they get involved in the Yandle sweepstakes when the asking price is a lofty one?
Here is a premier defenseman just 26-years of age that is signed through the 2015-16 season and looking at his numbers, there is reason to get excited about the thought of trading for him.
Over the last four seasons his averages are impressive. He plays big minutes, averaging twenty minutes per game, has been a plus player for the Coyotes in four straight seasons and averaged 40 points per year since 2009.
What is the asking price for Keith Yandle? Maloney has said a young star must be part of the package heading the other way to Phoenix and judging by the Flyers willingness to part ways with either Couturier or Schenn, the Oilers would likely have to give up one of their core youngsters.
Would it be worth trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Keith Yandle straight up? Some might say yes, while others are surely to laugh at the idea. Regardless, that’s probably the starting point in the negotiations in order to try and acquire Yandle.
Come draft day later this month if Sean Monahan is still available when it’s the Oilers turn to take the stage, then perhaps centering a package around the seventh overall pick that would see Phoenix end up with the Ottawa 67’s forward might be a possibility. Even then the Oilers would have to surrender a roster ready talent, someone who can make an immediate impact for the desert dogs.
What about the seventh overall pick and throw in Anton Lander along with Colten Teubert. Would that be enough? Probably not given neither of the aforementioned players are “young” stars despite Monahan being slated as having the potential to develop into just that.
If you read Richard Cloutier’s work at HockeyBuzz.com he recommends the Oilers refrain from trading away “a kidney” to secure a top blue liner. And that’s likely what they would have to give up for Yandle.
Cloutier also goes on to mention that he feels the Oilers back end that could consist of Justin and Nick Schultz, Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry, Oscar Klefbom and the newly signed Anton Belov might surprise a few people. Perhaps, but is that the six d-men that will get the job done for this hockey club? Doubtful in my humble opinion but I don’t think giving up Nugent-Hopkins for Yandle is the answer either. At least not before the season starts.
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