Yandle is expected to make his Rangers debut on Monday.
After being acquired from the Coyotes last night, he will make his Rangers debut tonight vs. the Predators. He is expected to start his Rangers career with Kevin Klein, but head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to mix those two up with Marc Staal and Dan Boyle until he finds a combination that works. Yandle has 41 points (4G / 37A) and a league-worst minus-32 rating in 63 games with the Coyotes.
The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a 2015 4th round pick from the Coyotes for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a 2016 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick.
Yandle, 28, has one more year on his contract with a $5.25M cap-hit. He is a left shot that will likely line up next to Kevin Klein. He is a great offensive defenseman. Yandle skates, moves the puck and shoots well, but has been known to turn the puck over frequently. He has four goals and 37 assists (41 points) but is a league worst minus-32 in 63 games this season. However, he will love heading to New York to play for a good team and will help the Rangers PP that already ranks 11th in the NHL.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who left Tuesday’s game in the third period after awkwardly blocking a shot with his leg, is expected to play tonight. Yandle has played in 227 consecutive games - the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.
Yandle practiced this morning and is expected to play tonight. The talented offensive d-man has seven goals and 30 points through 52 games.
Coyotes' #KeithYandle says on scale of 1-10 he'd give himself a "3 or 4." Expecting him to revert to top form very soon.
Look for Yandle to pick up his production despite having no goals through his first six games this season. Considering he is owned in 99 percent of leagues, perhaps you can convince a current owner to sell at below market value.
High praise, for sure, but Yandle, 25, is coming off a year in which he scored 11 goals and recorded 59 points, third among NHL defensemen. He led the team with 24:22 minutes of ice time per game. He also has shown his durability by being the only Coyotes player to appear in all 82 regular-season games the past two seasons.
Yandle is well on his way to becoming an elite defender following a season where only Lubomir Visnovsky and Nicklas Lidstrom scored more. If he continues his solid offensive production, he should put to rest any stigmas of playing in a defensive system or on the lowly Coyotes. This season should be a good test for the Boston native.