Glen Sather strikes again.
According to Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers have acquired defensemen Keith Yandle, Chris Summers, and a 2015 4th-round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a 2015 2nd-round draft pick and a 2016 1st-round draft pick. In addition to the players heading each way, Arizona will also be retaining 50% of Yandle's $5.25M salary for the rest of this season and next season. That brings Yandle's cap hit in the vicinity of $2.6M for the next two years.
Obviously this was a huge price to pay for Glen Sather, and it's also pretty obvious that he believes the Rangers are a "win now " type of team. Anthony Duclair is a hefty price to pay, especially with the promise that he had shown earlier in the season. But, with Arizona's picking up a hefty portion of Yandle's salary, you had to figure something big was going to go back the other way.
The trade clearly has a tremendous impact on the future of this club, but if you look at the short-term, the Rangers are a much better team than they were yesterday. Yandle provides the Rangers with a pure puck moving defenseman they haven't had in ages, and gives them a much needed boost on the back end.
In 63 games with a struggling Coyotes team, Yandle has posted four goals, and 36 assists for a total of 40 points on the season.