Zbynek Michalek was thought of as a deadline acquisition, with Keith Yandle a summertime target. Apparently, that's not entirely the case. Yandle has been traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a 2016 1st round draft pick, and a 2nd round pick in 2015, according to multiple reports. Arizona agrees to retain 50% of Yandle's salary as part of the deal, and Chris Summers will go with Yandle to the Rangers, as well as a 2016 4th round pick.
Yandle is the team's leader in points, and an absolute beast on the power play, with two goals and 24 assists when on the man advantage. Yandle is an immediate offensive upgrade on any blueline in the NHL, and his HERO chart bears that out.
Yandle produces points better than almost any other defenseman in the league, and his Corsi (SAT) numbers are 49.2% at even-strength, with a 0.2% SATRel to the rest of the Coyotes. That's pretty darn good given his ice time.
The downsides to his game are what one would expect from a puck-moving defenseman. He has a penchant for noticeable turnovers and miscues, and will need to be paired with a defenseman who is responsible in his own end and capable of covering on pinching plays.
We will have more on who is coming back to Arizona later today. For now, Arizona's blueline is about to undergo a seismic shift.