GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Rangers acquired All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday as the team makes a push for another deep playoff run this year.
The Rangers, who lost to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals last season, made the big move ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.
Yandle has been one of the league’s best offensive-minded defensemen with 41 points in 63 games this season and has been the anchor of Arizona’s power play unit.
The 28-year-old is a four-time All-Star who has led the Coyotes in scoring the past three seasons.
New York also got defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick in the deal, trading defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder this year.
Arizona agreed to retain 50 percent of Yandle’s salary.
The Rangers are third in the Eastern Conference, five points behind Montreal, and two behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.
Yandle has been a core member of the Coyotes since they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. An assistant captain in Arizona, he has been the subject of trade rumors for the last several seasons and was finally moved with a year remaining on a five-year, $26 million contract signed in 2011.
The Moore, 24, should give the Coyotes depth on the blue line. He was the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft and had a career-best season in 2013-14, with four goals and 11 assists. Moore has a goal and five assists in 38 games this season.
The big piece of the deal for the Coyotes was Duclair.
The 19-year-old left wing was a third-round pick in 2013 and already has NHL experience, scoring a goal with six assists in 18 games for the Rangers this season. He also has nine goals and 16 assists in 20 games with Quebec of the QMJHL.
The Coyotes are hoping he can help set a foundation for the future with Max Domi, the 12th overall draft pick in 2013 who is expected to have a big impact next season. He and Duclair played on a line together for the gold-medal Canadian team in the 2015 World Junior Championships.
“Anthony Duclair is a dynamic, skilled forward who has size, speed and offensive talent,” Maloney said. “He will be a valuable addition to our organization.”
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