More speculation the Detroit Red Wings are pursuing Keith Yandle, while the Carolina Hurricanes need a physical defenseman.

NESN.COM: cited a recent report from The Detroit News claiming the Red Wings had inquired about Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. This came on the heels of a recent report from claiming the Wings had contacted the Calgary Flames regarding Jay Bouwmeester. The Detroit News article claimed the Coyotes “perilous ownership situation” could be complicating matters regarding Yandle.

Red Wings pursuing Yandle?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wings contacted the Coyotes about Yandle’s status, or the Flames about Bouwmeester. That being said, I don’t believe Yandle’s available, and I’m growing more convinced Bouwmeester isn’t going anywhere.

As I’ve frequently noted, the Coyotes were fielding offers for Yandle during the entry draft weekend but weren’t actively shopping him, and have reportedly decided since then to retain Yandle. As for Bouwmeester, I get the sense Flames GM Jay Feaster remains reluctant to shake up his club’s core.

Let’s not overlook the fact neither club are going to just give either guy away. Both teams would want a good scoring forward in return, which the Wings cannot spare. If they trade one of their scoring forwards for Yandle or Bouwmeester, they’ll resolve one problem, but create another.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock recently reported the Hurricanes, for all their moves this summer, failed to make significant additions to their blueline. They still haven’t found a suitable replacement for Bryan Allen, who “brought bulk and a physical edge” to a Hurricanes blueline sorely lacking in those qualities.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes could try to address that issue via trade or free agency, though there’s really not much currently available in either market.