Arizona Coyotes Trade Keith Yandle And Strengthen Future


The Arizona Coyotes have traded Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for John Moore, Anthony Duclair a first-round pick in 2016 and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Arizona will also retain 50% of Yandle’s salary. The retention will occur during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

The Coyotes continue their rebuild by looking to the future with the second trade in less than 24 hours. This time, their leading scorer of 41 points has been dealt. Yandle’s name has been subject to trade rumors for many years now, this time around, those rumors have become a reality.

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Moore will provide some depth for the Coyotes blue line. He is another defenseman that won’t light up the score sheet, but he will play solid defensively. Adding depth is great, but he is not what makes this trade as good as it is for Arizona.

In what is expected to be one of the most deepest drafts of recent memory, the Coyotes now have two first-round picks, two second-round picks and two third-round picks in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

That’s just one side to this. The second is, Anthony Duclair, the kid is gonna be a stud. Hockey fans should remember his name from the recent 2015 World Junior Championships. He excelled in the tournament while being paired up with Max Domi, another Coyotes prospect. The two put on a show at the tournament, and if that is any indication of how they play together, then Arizona is in for a treat in the not too distant future.

Last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Duclair scored 50 goals in only 59 games. He also spent some time in the NHL with the Rangers this season. He picked up seven points in 18 games during that time.

Here is what Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney had to say about the newest additions to the Coyotes in a press release from the team,

"“Anthony Duclair is a dynamic, skilled forward who has size, speed and offensive talent. He will be a valuable addition to our organization. John Moore is a young, strong skating, puck moving defenseman who will solidify our core group on the blue line.”"

The Coyotes are absolutely loaded with young prospects. Coyotes fans should be excited as this team will move from the “hockey the hard way” mantra that relies on top notch defense to win games to a more highly skilled team.

Here is what the Coyotes on ice future looks like, Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Brandon Perlini, Tobias Rieder, Henrik Samuelsson and Christian Dvorak. Not too shabby, right? Well, it gets better, Arizona is likely to have one of the top three picks in the 2015 draft with a shot to draft either Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid or Mitchell Marner.

Don’t be surprised if this is not the last trade made before tomorrow’s deadline as rumors are still swirling around Zbynek Michalek. Whatever else happens, it will certainly follow the same pattern, building for the future.