Glen Sather has done it again in another blockbuster trade as the trade deadline looms. The New York Rangers have just acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes along with Chris Summers and a fourth round pick for John Moore, prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first round draft pick and a 2015 second round pick. Part of this deal includes Arizona retaining half of Yandle’s $5.25 million cap hit.
This deal shows one thing, that Glen Sather is all in to win the Stanley Cup this season. Yandle, a twenty eight year old defenseman who led the Coyotes with forty one points this season (four goals and thirty seven assists). A defenseman, leading a team that is struggling during the season, will only mean big things for backend in New York. He instantly strengthens Broadway’s blueline and means that the Rangers now have one of the best backends in the entire Eastern Conference.
Despite him being an alarming -32 this season, Yandle will fit perfectly within Alain Vigneault’s system, which is built on speed. He is a great puck handler and can skate. He can even instantly improve the Ranges struggling power play. His numbers will only improve while playing under Vigneault.
The Rangers are gearing up for another deep playoff push, and Yandle is a perfect addition to help them. He also brings grit and veteran experience to the blueline, which is an invaluable tool on any team.
Time will tell if Sather will make anymore moves before the deadline, which is tomorrow at 3 p.m. They are apparently still looking for a center to help down the middle. Only time will tell whether the Rangers are done indulging into the trade market, and with Henrik Lundqvist coming back soon, the Rangers are going to be more of a dangerous team than they already are.