Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "no longer signaling" the availability of Keith Yandle in a trade before Monday's deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks says that there has been interest in Yandle with much of it coming from the Western Conference. (NY Post)
He says that Dallas has been "dogging the Ranger for weeks" and if the two sides were to work on a deal "perhaps" the Rangers would be able to get Valeri Nichushkin in return. (NY Post)
Yandle says that anyone who knows him can tell how happy he is in New York and with this group of players. He said that even his mom sent him a text recently saying she hadn't seen him look so happy. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Since Ryan McDonagh got hurt it has seemed a lot more likely that the Rangers were going to keep Yandle. Their depth on defense isn't that strong on the left side and any player they would get to replace Yandle would probably cost some of the assets they received in trading him. Unless the Rangers are 100% sure that Brady Skjei could step in and, along with Raphael Diaz, provide adequate play it seems very likely that Yandle will stay.
The only question that would come into play in regards to Yandle would be if a desperate team is willing to pay a lot and include a piece that could help the Rangers now as well as into the future. At this point that would seem like the only potential hurdle between Yandle staying through the playoffs and being moved.