Funny how these things work out huh? Pierre LeBrun just posted a story about Martin St. Louis not getting traded.
"Marty St. Louis is not going to be traded," Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com Friday. "He remains one of the best players in the league and an extremely important player to our team, both on and off the ice. We are a team in transition, we just made a coaching change, Marty is one of the leaders of the team, he is not going anywhere."
So take that for it is worth. I know GMs say this a lot and then trade a player, but Yzerman doesn't seem like a bullshitter.
Jarome Iginla has come and gone. He chose Pittsburgh over Boston and it's a done deal. Yesterday we all collectively woke up and cried abour Ray Shero having wizard powers, picture of Gary Bettman at a glory hole and Donald Fehr drowning in a bag of dicks. Now it's time for the Bruins, and the fans, to move on from having the rug pulled out from underneath them and get ready for a month of NHL hockey games before the playoffs start.
However, Boston still has some issues to address. Obviously they'll get better with health. Johnny Boychuk and Chris Kelly being out of the lineup hurts them if anything for the sheer fact of chemistry. It clear that Boston will have to address some of their holes via trade, namely a veteran winger who can provide scoring and leadership and defense.
Let's start with defense, as I think that's Boston's biggest need. In the summer I wrote why Boston should acquire Keith Yandle from the Coyotes.
None of these numbers blow you away, especially the hits, but you have to look at them compared to his play style. Yandle's play style is a lot like Joe Corvo in that he's more of an offensive, puck moving defenseman who can help on the power play. Now, we've seen guys like Corvo and Kaberle come to the Bruins system and flame out miserably. I think that Yandle has a better make-up than the two previous players, especially when Carolina's GM called signing Kaberle a mistake and traded him in season.
The good thing about Yandle is that he's durable. Like I mentioned earlier, from 2009-2012 he played in 246 regular season games which equates to 82 games per season. That's not even counting playoff games, which unlike Rick Nash, Yandle has some experience in playing.
18:43 (1st on PHX)
3:27 (1st on PHX)
So Yandle led Phoenix in ice time for even strength time on ice per game and power play time on ice per game, but only played 9 seconds of short handed time per game. Are you fucking kidding me? To me, that's a big blow when it comes to a defenseman who can't kill penalties. However, he's worth it for the power play time. It's possible that Yandle eats up all of Corvo's minutes (2:24 PP TOI/G) and cuts down on Seidenberg's PP TOI/G (2:36) which would make Seidenberg more available for short handed play.
I still stand by it, by the way.
Yandle can log big minutes and would fit perfectly in the Bruins' scheme. I wouldn't mind seeing someone like Boychuk get traded away for Yandle (or if we're lucky it would be Andrew Ference). But lets say, for shits and giggles, that Boychuk is sent to Phoenix:
I immediately see that as an upgrade. Look, I like what Boychuk brings to the table, but Yandle is a better hockey player. The biggest reason I don't see this happening: Salary.
Yandle is schedule to make $5.25M for the next two seasons after this one expires. With a declining salary cap and guys like Tuukka Rask, Nathan Horton and Anton Khudobin ready to become restricted/unrestricted free agents it'll be hard to get and keep a long term and expensive salary.
With that said, Yandle is probably my #1 option.
After the jump, the rest of the potential trade targets...