The New York Rangers have gotten some level of blueline help, but had to pay a large personnel price to do it. New York, which is clearly going for it, acquired Keith Yandle and Chris Summers from Arizona for John Moore, Anthony Duclair and a 2016 first round draft pick. New York is also sending its 2015 second round pick to Arizona and the Rangers are getting a 2016 fourth round selection from the Coyotes.
And part of the oddity of this trade is that the Coyotes are apparently picking up 50-percent of Yandle’s salary the rest of this season and 2015-16, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Remember that time when the Coyotes were bankrupt?
Regardless, Duclair is one of the top prospects in the NHL. In 18 games with the Rangers this season, the 19-year-old had seven points.
Looking at this, great move for the Coyotes. If Arizona is trying to build for the future, Duclair, plus whichever prospect it gets in the draft this year and next year should help. Also, Duclair can jump into the Coyotes lineup immediately next year and potentially play with World Junior teammate Max Domi.
Yandle makes some sense for New York because he will add playoff blueline depth. But this is a move for the here and now with the Rangers.
Per the New York Daily News:
"The ‘win-now’ Rangers, though, paid a heavy price."
"Due to this trade, the Rangers will be without a first-round pick for four consecutive years: they traded their 2013 first-rounder for Rick Nash, their 2014 and 2015 first-rounders for Martin St. Louis, and now their 2016 first-rounder for Yandle."
Clearly the Rangers are comfortable with some of their younger players to where they're OK with not having a first rounder four straight years? Either way, that's an awful lot of organizational depth to lose.
This could be one of those trades we talk about in the future as ‘wow I can’t believe New York gave up so much for this player’ unless New York wins the Stanley Cup.
Because of this on the Milbury scale we give this trade … TWO MILBURYS!
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