Elliotte Friedman was on a USA Today Podcast and spoke about how if the Rangers do keep Keith Yandle they wouldn't get "nothing" if they let him go on July 1.
Friedman said, "cap space is something now. Especially with how the cap is leveling off and it looks like we are going to be in the mid to low 70s now. If a player leaves and Yandle, because AZ has half of his money, I think is $2.65 million, sometimes that $2.65 million allows you to do things." (USA Today)
He added, "I don't think it's the end of the world to say that we are going to take a shot with this guy and then see what we do with the cap money later. Cap money is a big commodity if you know how to use it properly and I don't have a problem with what the Rangers are doing." (USA Today)
Adam Rotter: The Rangers could also attempt to deal Yandle's rights for pick if a team wanted to get a head start on negotiating with him. Cap space is important and with the Rangers every single dollar counts. Losing Yandle and replacing him with Brady Skjei, the likely scenario, gives the Rangers $1.725 million in cap space to play with after adding Skjei's $925,000. It's not a couple of high picks or prospects, but it's cap space and keeping a really good player for another run at the Stanley Cup.