Larry Brooks says that the Rangers shouldn't have to sell low and accept a low price if they decide to trade Keith Yandle before the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that Chicago sent a first round pick and a young defenseman to Arizona last year to acquire pending UFA Antoine Vermette. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Jeff Gorton may be able to start a bidding war for Yandle out west between teams like Chicago, LA, Dallas, San Jose and Minnesota.(NY Post)
He notes that neither LA or San Jose have first round picks this year and that the "ultimate" for the Rangers would be somehow getting Andrew Shaw out of Chicago." (NY Post)
Cody Franson and Andrej Sekera were also rental players who were the main part of deals that brought a first round pick back.
Adam Rotter: The first thing the Rangers have to do is decide if they want to move Keith Yandle. Then they need to decide who will replace Yandle on the left side and whether that would be Brady Skjei, Raphael Diaz, or someone outside the organization. The Rangers aren't "sellers" and will need a plan to replace Yandle's minutes down the stretch and into the playoffs. It's highly doubtful that the Rangers would move Yandle without having possible targets to acquire or call up in place.
As for a return for Yandle, a first round pick is possible but I think it's more likely to expect a couple of picks (2nd and 3rd rounders) and maybe a young player or prospect.