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06-07-2012, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by AZviaNJ View Post
Why is everyone against trading Yandle? We're overloaded on defense and lack talent/depth up front. Yandle is the obvious choice to move given his name recognition/all star appearences outweigh his performance in my opinion. Yandle is a quality player but it takes talent to return talent.

Getting a player of Staal's caliber in return is a trade GMDM needs to make. 23 years old, 6-4/200, 120 goals and 250 points in his young career is too good to pass up.
The Coyotes are not overloaded on defense. They're not.

After Yandle, you have OEL, who had a very good year and a great playoffs, but he only had 32 points and it's not a given that he explodes from there. Remember what we thought of Yandle a year ago compared to what you think of him now, and apply that to OEL. One good year is not a big enough sample size to project an enitre career.

Then you have Morris and Klesla, neither of whom is a spring chicken or a top pairing guy. Rozsival is gone, and maybe Aucoin, too. Then you have Schlemko, who is serviceable in a bottom pairing role but doesn't exactly scream "#1 potential." I see him topping out, at best, as a #4.

If you're talking about guys like Gormley, Rundblad, and Murphy, don't. Not one has accomplished anything in the NHL yet, and while potential is high for all of them, they haven't proven anything. Trading Yandle because Gormley or Rundblad might be as good two or three years is, aside from counting your chickens before they hatch, just a waste of a few seasons.

Keep Yandle.

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