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Discuss: Which teams should be pursuing Keith Yandle?


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We only ask this question because the consensus is that he’ll be traded by the Arizona Coyotes prior to the March 2 deadline.
The skinny:
Yandle is a 27-year-old defenseman who’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $5.25 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. So far this season, he has four goals and 23 assists in 43 games while logging an average of 24:10 in ice time. League-wide, only Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk has more power-play points (24) than Yandle (17).
Minnesota. The Wild could probably use another big-minute d-man, if only to lessen Ryan Suter‘s workload. Plus, their power play isn’t very good, and Yandle could help there.



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Any thoughts on this?


Realistically what would it cost the Wild, and would Yandle bring enough to the team for what  it would cost them?

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I don't think Yandle is the right d-man for the Wild and is probably not worth a trade. Phoenix has a decent number of defensive prospects also they probably are be looking for offense.  


If they could do a Yandle for Vanek trade straight up it would be a win for the Wild for sure.

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Well every contender should at least kick the tires on him, a top pair offensive d-man, he obviously fits in better with some than others.


  Teams (in contention) in need of a defenseman with his talents, IMHO include:


San Jose: other than Burns no offense from the back end


Detroit: same other than replace Burns with Kronwall




Possibly the Avalanche if they believe they are in the race.


 Those would be my top four destinations for him.

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