1/8/15 | 5:45PM: Jeff Gorton said that he has spoken with Keith Yandle's agents but will take the time before the trade deadline to assess what the best options for the Rangers are. (Andrew Gross)
1/5/16 | 10:21AM: Keith Yandle is presumed to be available in trade not because of his performance this season but because he will likely become a UFA on July 1. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that there is "virtually no scenario" where the Rangers will be able to sign Yandle prior to the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Yandle should be able to get at least six-years and between $5.5 and $6 million per season as a free agent. (NY Post)
He adds that it would be surprising if Jeff Gorton let Yandle play out the season and then leave as a free agent for nothing. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Yandle is likely to be the Rangers "most sought after commodity" as trade talks began to "intensify around the league." (NY Post)
He suggested that Yandle could be used to help the Rangers acquire Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay and that a swap of the two "would seem equitable within the context of previous rental deals across the league." (NY Post)
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Adam Rotter: There are a lot of factors that come with the Rangers trading or looking to trade Yandle. First and foremost they need to have someone replace him on the left side in the top-six. I'm not sure that Brady Skjei is ready or that Raphael Diaz, if healthy, is who you want to go with. So if you trade Yandle you need to have another move ready to add a depth defenseman. Ideally the Rangers would make two separate moves, one to acquire assets for Yandle and another to trade other assets to acquire a guy who can step in on defense now.
Next you look at whether it makes sense for the Rangers to trade Yandle to get something before he goes as a free agnet or to keep him and try and make another run with him in the playoffs. You won't be able to acquire someone who brings as much potential as Yandle does, but a veteran without a big name or a lot of expectation could slot in nicely into the Rangers third pair.
Then you look at what you can possibly get for Yandle. I don't think it's likely the Rangers will be able to acquire a player like Jonathan Drouin for him, though if that opportunity exists the Rangers need to explore it thoroughly. It's more likely that if they want to trade Yandle they would get a couple of picks back, probably 2nd and 3rd rounders to help replenish the farm system. I don't see Yandle bringing back a huge return, maybe one-young player, a couple a prospects or a couple of picks. He would be a rental and the return for rental players seems to shrink every year.