6/6/15 | 4:49PM: Larry Brooks says that it's unlikely the Rangers will extend Keith Yandle after next season since they already have two left defensemen (Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal) locked up long term. (NY Post)
Yandle will likely get at least $5.5 million on the open market and that is a number that Brooks says is too high to pay for a third pair left defenseman. (NY Post)
Brooks says that "now" is the time to move Yandle and that maybe a package of Yandle and Cam Talbot could bring the Rangers a "strong, grinding physical forward" who get to the net in the playoffs. (NY Post)
He adds that Yandle "never once" looked like a player worth giving up a first round pick and a top prospect and that he cost Ryan McDonagh power play and offensive zone starts. (NY Post)
Yandle is a UFA after next season and has a cap hit of $2.625 million.
Adam Rotter: This is a long-term view on Yandle when I think the Rangers are likely still looking at the short-term of next season. Moving Yandle would leave the Rangers in the same position they were in before the trade deadline, inconsistent third pair Left Defense, which is part of the reason why they went out and acquired Yandle. Yandle had moments in his time with the Rangers and you would expect a full training camp with the Rangers would get him more accustomed to the Rangers style both offensively and defensively.
In the long-term, maybe the Rangers move Ryan McDonagh to right defense, like he played in the Olympics, and then re-sign Yandle. Dan Boyle certainly won't be back after next season. At this point it's all speculation and ideas but the Rangers do need cap space and don't like letting valuable pieces go for nothing.