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01-31-2013, 10:08 AM
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Eklund's take on a Yandle trade

When it comes to trades for high-end defensemen who are in the primes of their career or are about to hit their primes in a year or two, the cost right now is astronomical. When I hear about particular defensemen being available and the level of compensation being demanded in return.... well, it's mind-boggling at times.

I will give you an example. Last year at the draft, it was widely rumored that Phoenix was willing to listen to offers for All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle. But as soon as other teams heard what the Coyotes had in mind as reasonable compensation.... basically the equivalent of what the Nashville Predators wanted to even consider trading the rights to then-RFA Shea Weber... well, they soon realized they needed to look in other directions. Yandle is an All-Star, but Weber was and in is that the rare highest tier: the Norris-caliber defenseman in his prime.

But here's the thing: Phoenix GM Don Maloney had a one percent accurate read on the market. For one thing, he was (and still is) under zero pressure to unload Yandle regardless of his cap hit and regardless of the team having needs up front while being deep on the blueline. He is the one who has something other teams covet: a bonafide All-Star defenseman in his mid-20s with a contract that runs through 2016. He's the one who also has burgeoning star Oliver Ekman-Larsson on his roster.

As such, Phoenix holds all the cards, and was (and still is) able to demand a king's ransom to even fathom moving one of their top-pairing caliber defensemen. A team that covets one of those guys enough will wince through the pain of what they'll have to give up. Short of that, there would be zero reason for the Coyotes to do anything other than stay with they already have.

Of course, it's not just Phoenix. It's any team that is fortunate enough to have a healthy All-Star defenseman or even a top shutdown defenseman under their long-term contractual control or at least are young enough to be multiple years away from being UFA eligible.

Nothing we haven't heard before. Still think he ends up getting moved. Need that money spent up front more than they do on the back end.

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