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Rangers Trade Yandle to Panthers

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Rangers Trade Yandle to Panthers for Draft Picks

The New York Rangers have traded the negotiating rights to Keith Yandle to the Florida Panthers for 2016 sixth round pick and a conditional 4th round pick in 2017. Yandle is set to become a free agent on July 1st. The Panthers and Yandle are likely to agree to an extension before he hits the market.

The Rangers acquired Yandle at the trade deadline in 2015 from the Arizona Coyotes for 2016 first round pick, a 2015 second round pick,  forward Anthony Duclair, and defenseman John Moore. Yandle helped the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015, scoring 11 points in 19 playoff games. He finished 4th on the Rangers in points this past season, putting up 47 points in 82 games. The Rangers lost in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, but lost in the first round. Yandle did not contribute much offensivly, only scoring 1 point.

For the Panthers, they add a veteran defenseman to a very young group. With Brian Campbell and Willie Mitchell set to becoming unrestricted free agents, Yandle would be the oldest of the group at 29. By adding Yandle and potentially resigning Campbell, the Panthers posses a very strong defensive corps. Because of their depth, the team is rumored to be shopping defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to add more talent on forward.

The Panthers went 47-26-9, winning the Atlantic Division. They lost in the first round to the Rangers, but showed they can be a threat in the Eastern Conference. By adding Yandle, the Panthers are looking to create more offensive opportunities for their young forwards.

The Rangers do not have many assets toward their future, a result of acquiring Yandle, and this trade does not help them with that. The Rangers moved 2 draft picks and a promising young forward in Duclair to get Yandle. For the Coyotes, Duclair scored 20 goals, and looks to be on his way to becoming a cornerstone for the franchise. They also traded their 2015 1st round pick along with Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning to acquire Martin St. Louis. St. Louis helped them on their 2014 Stanley Cup run, but struggled in the 2015 playoffs before retiring.

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