Keith Yandle’s time in Arizona with the then-Phoenix Coyotes has gotten a bit of attention this offseason. ESPN recently named him as a member of the Arizona Coyotes’ “All Decade Team” and when Craig Morgan discussed the all-time team Shane Doan said that if Yandle had re-signed in Arizona he would probably be the best left defenseman. Because he has been coming up a lot I wanted to look back at the trade that sent Yandle to the New York Rangers.
Arizona Gets: First-round pick in 2016*, a second-round pick in 2015**, John Moore, Anthony Duclair
New York Gets: Keith Yandle (the Coyotes would retain half of his salary), Chris Summer, a fourth-round pick in 2016 (Tarmo Reunanen)
*The Coyotes would trade this pick to the Detroit Red Wings along with Joe Vitale and the 53rd overall pick in exchange for Pavel Datsyuk and the 16th overall pick which was used to draft Jakob Chychrun. The Red Wings would use the picks to draft Dennis Cholowski and Filip Hronek.
**The Coyotes would trade this pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 76th and 83rd picks which was used to draft Adin Hill and Jens Looke. Tampa Bay would use the pick to draft Oliver Kylington.
When the Coyotes traded Yandle he still had another season left on his contract. At the time it looked like the Rangers were stacking up for a deep playoff run and Yandle could provide offense and help the power play. The Coyotes were preparing to enter their rebuild, and Yandle had been rumored to be on the trading block for a while.
At the time it seemed like Anthony Duclair was the centerpiece of the trade, and for good reason. He was seen as a top-ranked prospect and he had shown great chemistry with prospect Max Domi on the international stage.
After a stellar first season in Arizona which saw him score 20 goals and 24 assists, Duclair would struggle. He would get sent down to the AHL to play 16 games for the Roadrunners during the 2016-17 season. During the 2017-18 season, Duclair would be traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Adam Clendening for Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin. The Blackhawks wouldn’t tender him a qualifying offer and last season he split the season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ottawa Senators.
John Moore would appear in 19 games and register a goal and 4 assists. He would not be tendered a qualifying offer. He would sign with the New Jersey Devils where he played for three-season and last season he played with the Boston Bruins. While Moore wasn’t the main draw, he has stuck around in the NHL, and since being acquired he has played more NHL games then Duclair, although he had a 19 game head start.
Since being traded by the Coyotes, Summers would spend most of his career in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has played in six NHL games with the Rangers.
While Yandle would continue his iron man streak and he would do what the Rangers acquired him for. During the full-season he played in New York he would finish 5-42-47, although the Rangers wouldn’t advance past the first round. The Rangers would trade his rights to the Florida Panthers four a 2017 fourth-round pick and a 2016 sixth-round pick. He would sign a seven-year, $44 million and last season he would finish with a career-high 62 points. He currently is the leader in most consecutive games with 676 games played.
Although Duclair was the centerpiece of the trade for the Coyotes the picks they acquired proved to be the best part of the deal.
Jakob Chychrun is a big part of the Coyotes’ defense and with a six-year, $27.6 deal the Coyotes clearly want him to stay a part of the team in the future. Chychrun has played 171 NHL games and has a record of 16-38-54. This past November he was signed to a six-year, $27.6 million deal.
Adin Hill played 13 games in the NHL last season when the Coyotes were struggling with injuries. Although he is still developing in the AHL he is still in the conversation for the Coyotes future starting goaltender.
Jens Looke has spent the past two seasons in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. In 120 games played he has 14 goals and 18 assists. This past offseason he signed with Timra IK in Sweden and the Coyotes terminated his contract.
Since acquiring Yandle the Rangers have struggled and last season may have been their rock bottom. They finished second to last in the Metropolitan Division last season and their window may have closed. But they have the best prospect pool according to NHL Network, Elite Prospects, and Sporting News and they signed star free agent Artemi Panarin so you shouldn’t feel too bad for them.
At the end of the day, the Arizona Coyotes are a better team for trading Yandle. With Oliver-Ekman Larsson emerging as the Coyotes’ star defenseman, Yandle didn’t have a place with the team moving forward. While Duclair didn’t work out as expected the team managed to turn things around by trading the draft picks. While things didn’t turn out as expected, the Coyotes appear to have made the right move in trading Yandle.