Scott Burnside writes that the assumption is that the Rangers will shop Keith Yandle after giving up a "king's ransom" for him last year at the trade deadline. (ESPN.com)
Burnside said that Yandle hasn't been a good fit and won't be a fit with the Rangers in terms of the salary cap after this season when he can become a UFA. (ESPN.com)
He also thinks that some help up front could be of use to the Rangers and mentions Eric Staal, though he does note it would be hard to see the Rangers go after a rental player at this stage. (ESPN.com)
Craig Custance has Yandle ranked 10th on his list of trade targets and says that if Jeff Gorton can recoup some pieces for Yandle, he should do it. (ESPN)
Custance says that Yandle would be a great addition to the Blackhawks because of his low cap hit. (ESPN)
Adam Rotter: At the past two trade deadlines the Rangers have made big moves and given up a lot but acquired players who had another year left on their deal. Marty St. Louis and Keith Yandle both had an extra year on their deals, which is also part of the reason they were as expensive as they were. In the case of Staal, who likely doesn't want to move from Carolina and is a UFA, the Canes would need to eat a significant, if not 50%, chunk of his cap to to even come close to making it work.
Both because of the salary cap and because there is a desperate need to hold onto picks and prospects, I don't see the Rangers making a big time move at the deadline for the third year in a row. I can see them trading Yandle and maybe adding some depth, but I'd be surprised, and the Rangers would need to be creative, if they wanted to bring in a big name.