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NHL Trade Chatter: Watch For Yandle To Bruins Talk To Heat Up

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Keith Yandle

Could Milton, MA native and veteran Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle finally come home to play for the Boston Bruins?

Based on conversations with numerous sources close to the situation, should Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito finally and officially ask the 34-year-old – who is still one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL – to waive his full no-movement and no-trade clauses, he will do so for a trade to the Boston Bruins. According to one source close to the situation, not surprisingly, Boston may be one of just a few places that Yandle will agree to be dealt to. 

So, as they have basically since Yandle emerged as one of the top puck-moving d-men in the NHL and had his first of ten 40-point seasons and counting in 2010-11 with the then Phoenix Coyotes, let the ‘Yandle to the Bruins’ NHL Trade Rumors kick into high gear! 

In the latest ‘Off The Record’, I reported that Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito had let it be known that Yandle and the three years with an annual $6.3 million cap hit left on his contract, were available on the NHL Trade market. Zito was putting pressure on Yandle to waive his no-movement and no-trade clauses by informing the veteran rearguard he’d be a healthy scratch to start the season. This wouldn’t be just any normal healthy scratch though, this would mean sitting the NHL’s current ‘Iron Man’ because Yandle laced them up for 866 straight games in the NHL, currently the longest consecutive games played streak in the league.

Prior to our OTR Report, Yandle told our man, George Richards of Florida Hockey, Now that he loves it in Florida and was caught off guard by the fact he’s very likely going to be a health scratch when the Panthers finally open their season on Sunday. 

“When it comes to the no-move (clause), I don’t know where their approach is, what (GM) Bill Zito’s end goal is. Whatever it is, I haven’t been told,” Yandle told Richards

Instead of coming to Yandle and/or his agent Jerry Buckley to simply ask Yandle to waive for a trade, Zito is putting on the pressure there and in the media. On Thursday, Zito told TSN and Athletic columnist Pierre LeBrun that he had given Yandle a heads up this was coming but he did acknowledge that Yandle had not been asked to waive anything yet. Buckley was not happy with the new Panthers GM’s approach nor that his client is once again the subject of NHL trade rumors thanks to that approach. 

“This doesn’t have anything to do with performance,” Buckley, told LeBrun on Thursday. “Keith is one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. He was last year, he has been over the last three years. And this decision was made a week before training camp. So it doesn’t have to do with performance. This is the general manager’s attempt to pressure Keith and make him uncomfortable and to waive this no-trade clause.’’

Per Richards, Yandle was not even practicing with the game group and healthy scratches.

 

 

Well, apparently, that could be coming soon and if the Boston Bruins want the left-shot Yandle to come in, quarterback their powerplay and mentor the youth on the left side this season, he will be willing to do so. The main issue though is if the Bruins do want Yandle, whom Bruins GM Don Sweeney has inquired about in the past, how do they afford him against the salary cap? 

 

 

The Florida Panthers would clearly have to take on cap space and more than likely eat some of the remaining cap hit on Yandle’s contract. Currently, they have $2.7 million in cap space. 

Yandle had five goals and 40 assists in 69 games last season and is two seasons removed from a career-best 62-points season when he racked up 53 helpers to go with nine lamplighters.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Mike S

Based on conversations with numerous sources close to the situation”. – Who are your sources Jimmy?

Also, can’t see this happening, Sweeney/Neely have said they want to see what they have in their young defenseman. And bringing in a 34yr old turnover machine doesn’t make sense.

Rick W Murray

Oh lord noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Maybe five or six years ago not another retread for CS .

Frank

If they wanted a Yandle-type, surely Bs would have signed Krug

[…] Our boys in Boston did break some news on Friday. Keith Yandle, meet the NHL trade rumors. It sure sounds like if Yandle can’t be in Florida, he wants Boston (Boston Hockey Now) […]

Alpine55

Please don’t do it! I like the youth movement underway in Boston. Why saddle yourself with a contract for a 34-year old defenseman who is past his peak?? If injuries require the Bruins to look for help later in the season – maybe, but not now.

Mike S

It wont. Murphy just putting ideas in your head.

[…] Our boys in Boston did break some information on Friday. Keith Yandle, meet the NHL commerce rumors. It certain seems like if Yandle can’t be in Florida, he desires Boston (Boston Hockey Now) […]

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