Heading into the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, there are trade rumors aplenty. Here’s part one of my two-part roundup of this morning’s NHL trade rumors.

Coyotes shopping Yandle?

SPORTNET’s Darren Millard last night took to Twitter to report “Hearing #coyotes have put (Keith) Yandle back In play. He was available for the right price @ the deadline. Deal is close. ”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word so far from the Coyotes, or from the Arizona Republic, which covers the Coyotes, regarding this. If true it would be a significant move by GM Don Maloney, shipping out his top defenseman. The main reason could be financial, given the club’s ownership situation. Yandle is in the first year of a five-year, $26.250 million contract. It could also be perhaps Maloney believes the rise of young d-man Oliver Ekman-Larsson allows him to shop Yandle for more offensive depth, which was an issue for the Coyotes through the playoffs.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports the Carolina Hurricanes are believed in the market for an impact player, and he believes they’ll never be in a better position this year to land one than tonight in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. He also reports the Hurricanes rumored optimism of their planned pursuit of New Jersey Devils pending UFA Zach Parise “has cooled”. The Hurricanes have been linked to Columbus’ Rick Nash, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, and Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: To land either guy could cost the Hurricanes promising young players like Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk and Brandon Sutter. Of the three, Faulk is considered untouchable, but I have to wonder if Murphy or Sutter could be part of a deal. They’ll certainly have to part with at least one of those guys if they hope to land an impact player.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek, while suggesting the possibility of moving high-salaried players during the Entry Draft, pointed out there’s “considerable chatter” about Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and San Jose Sharks blueliner Dan Boyle being available for the right price.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: High-salaried players rarely move during the season, when teams have limited cap space and less willingness to invest, but as we’ve seen in recent years, some can be moved in late-June and early-July, when teams have more cap space to spend, especially those who need to reach the salary cap minimum. Bouwmeester and Boyle could be shopped, though there would probably be a limited market for their services because of their big contracts, as well as their no-trade clauses.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings are likely to stay out of trade talks involving big name players going into the entry draft, as it appears they’ve set their sights upon the UFA market, where they could be bidders for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns reports league sources confirm the Blackhawks are shopping defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, as well as blueliner Steve Montador.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two, Hjalmarsson will attract the most interest. It appears the Blackhawks will likely look for depth at forward.

NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports Islanders GM Garth Snow is willing to consider all options regarding his first round pick (fourth overall), including perhaps shopping the pick.

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18 Responses to NHL Entry Draft Rumor Roundup (Part One) – June 22, 2012.

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    I have a feeling anyone expecting big things from the draft might be disappointed, it just feels like a let down coming.

  2. SmielmaN says:

    I’m getting that sense too “doorman”. Hopefully we are wrong though. As a Canadiens fan I’m just hoping that they can ship out Kaberle today for, well, ANYTHING!

  3. puckhead says:

    If Yandle is on the market you have to think the Flyers are in on that somewhere. All this yibber yabber regarding Philly going after Nash/Ryan doesn’t quite add up….their need is a blueline force. However it would be nice to see Giroux and Ryan tear it up.

    • Jay says:

      Philly should grab a defenseman and it will probably be the 1st or second trade of the day. They need a d who can log a tone of minutes, who can skate with best of them and run a powerplay. Suter / Bouemester would be logical choices

      • puckhead says:

        Agreed, except the Bouwmeester part. He’s hasn’t been a good player for the Flames and at 6.7 million per year, I think the Flyers would be smart to pass on that. As for Suter….he’ll get his big payday on July 1st and like most free agents on July 1st, he’ll be over-payed, not to mention there’s a very long lineup to acquire his skill set.
        With Yandle, you get a more friendly cap hit (a little above 5 million) and a guy who chews minutes and does have power play experience. With all the rush to get a defensemen in the league right now, the Flyers could fly under the radar a little bit and upgrade their blueline.

  4. JDBiGC says:

    Why the heck would Phoenix consider trading Yandle? Phoenix made it to the Western Conference Finals on the strength of their goaltending and defense. So you’re going to trade away your key defenseman to better the offense. The Coyotes would be much better off taking a run at a free agent or looking for a young and unproven guy that they can get reasonably cheap.

  5. Boltsnation says:

    I know Boyle is 35, but he could (for the right price) slide back into a Lightning uniform now that those two idiots that traded him are gone.

  6. NikK says:

    I can’t beleive that Phoenix will trade Yandle. He is a premier D-man in this league. Any team would be lucky to have him.

    Don’t count Ottawa out of the running for Bouwmeester, Boyle, or Yandle. A big minutes guy is exaclty what they need.

  7. jrd18 says:

    I don’t know why pheonix would trade Yandle. But if he’s available philly should be all over him. Probably a cheaper option then suter but would have to give up something to get him.
    I honestly think the best option for philly is boumester. Probably taking the contract on would mean quiet a bit to calgary meaning a cheaper trade price.
    All these trades seem like they are holding each other up. Going to be an interesting summer.

  8. Yotesfan says:

    I don’t understand the Yandle rumor. First year of a 5-year deal then deal him just because there are other good defensemen on the team? With Morris and Aucoin nearing the end of their tenure with the Coyotes, this would only hurt the Coyotes. They seem to always get what they need in Free Agency, why give up such a good asset?

  9. JJB says:

    If Phoenix chooses to shop Yandle then people would be very dense if they think that the price will be cheap. Phoenix doesn’t have a ton of media craze but Yandle is one of the best young D in the league, constantly being in the + column, 40+ point seasons, scoring 10+ goals, and is a proven playoff performer as he always shows up.

    I agree that Philly would be smart to try and get him, but it will come at the cost of either JVR, Schenn, Courtier, or Read. My guess would be JVR + Philly 1st in order to land him.

    I believe the youth in Larsson, Rundbland, Murphy, and Summers would be what would allow Phoenix to make a trade like this. If I am Phoenix though I would seriously say you want my top 2 defenseman in Yandle I want a top center in Schenn/Courtier!

  10. WHS says:

    I don’t believe that the Coyotes are shopping Yandle. GM Maloney has stated that anyone on his roster is tradeable, as long as it improves the team. Yandle is under a good contract and the Coyotes will need to make the cap floor, so it is not about him KY making too much money. If significant pieces aren’t coming back to Az, don’t expect Yandle to be traded.

  11. Liddy5 says:

    Even though the belief is the Wings are targeting Suter, if Boyle and Yandle are available I’d expect them to be in on that.

  12. Sandy says:

    Hey Bryan Murray if Yandle is available.. forget Nash.. Sens need defense… move on him…

    Bowmeester’s ‘fall’ in his game maybe more to do with the system in Calgary than anything else. He is a smooth skating defenseman who would probably due very well in an up-tempo system.. The problem with him is his cap hit.

    • JJB says:

      I think Murray would disagree as if you recall they send Rundblad TO Phoenix this year to land Turris and he was also a promising young d!

  13. Ted says:

    Would it be possible that Yandle is being moved in a deal with Edmonton, possibly a package of some sort, for the 1st overall draft pick? Pheonix could use a good young stud forward, but at the expense of the D..unless they think they can get a committee of D men, even from the FA….

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