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03-06-2013, 06:07 PM
Join Date: May 2004
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The only compelling reasons I've heard to trade Yandle are budgetary. This is only going to be a factor in one of two very unlikely events:
1. The Coyotes find local ownership in the next three months and stay in Phoenix long-term (10% chance)
2. The Coyotes are left to rot in Glendale for one more lame-duck season while the NHL gets relocation settled with other markets, in an effort to create a bidding war and maximize relocation fees (20% chance)
More likely (70% chance, I'd say) the team is either relocated in the next few months, or folded all together. In either case, trading Yandle is unnecessary.
If a hockey made, extremely wealthy guy like Don Levin who has a spendy reputation buys the team and moves them to Seattle, for example, it probably makes a lot more sense to look at dealing guys like Rundblad or Gormley for scoring help, and hanging onto the proven, albeit more expensive, Keith Yandle. The same idea applies if PKP buys the team and moves them to Quebec City. In this instance, however, it's even more likely that Yandle is retained because he'll need to take over as captain, as there is a zero percent chance Doan moves to Quebec. Which also, of course, clears Doan's salary off the books, making Yandle all of a sudden very affordable.
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