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from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Keith Yandle playing goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes? No, one of the game’s top two-way defenceman won’t be tending the twine in Arizona. But there was a time when the blueliner did turn away his fair share of slapshots.
During his days growing up in Massachusetts, Yandle had his sights set on the goaltending position when he first started playing minor hockey.
He ultimately got his wish, albeit not a full-time role between the pipes. In fact, it was not an uncommon sight to see Yandle split each game between defence and goalie.
“My dad and the other coach, I remember them having to rip off my goalie pads and put on shin pads really quick,” recalled Yandle, who also excelled at several other sports, including baseball, football and lacrosse. “I enjoyed playing both positions. It was just a little hectic trying to do both.”
The high cost of goalie equipment, accompanied by Yandle’s strong play on the blueline, eventually led to him to settle on playing defence.
He has no regrets, especially after a recent attempt to relive his youth.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
A source told CSNPhilly.com early Saturday morning that Penguins general manager Ray Shero is working hard to get Suter’s rights from Nashville.
Even though Suter has expressed specific interest in staying in the Western Conference – and going to either Detroit or Minnesota in free agency – Shero feels he has strong ties to Suter as having served as an assistant GM between 1998-2006 when the Predators first came into the NHL.
“Ray feels he can talk Suter into coming to Pittsburgh,” the source said.
Shero is the guy who drafted Suter in 2003….
As for the Flyers, a Western Conference source confirmed that the Flyers and Red Wings both have significant interest in Keith Yandle.
“Phoenix isn’t actively shopping him but they said they would listen to offers and they need an impact center in return,” the source said.
via Rob Rossi tweets,
#pens have deal close with #coyotes #nhldraft
#pens and #coyotes have a deal.
Update 11 PM: Bob McKenzie, on TSN’s live feed: “It’s totally false, I talked to Ray [Shero].
added 11:03pm, Rossi in another tweet says the Pens had interest in Klesla too.
added 11:09pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Pitt has dealt Z. Michalek to Phx in exchange for prospect Harrison Ruopp plus a 3rd-round pick this year (81st) and goalie Marc Cheverie.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Keith Yandle’s name was hot on the trade rumor mill Friday.
“He’s definitely in play,” a rival GM told ESPN.com Friday.
A Phoenix Coyotes source downplayed the rumors, saying only that teams were calling on the star defenseman, not the other way around.
Yandle has four more years left on his deal, which carries a $5.25 million cap hit.
The Coyotes would be looking for a center in any deal they made involving Yandle, another source indicated.
A lot of teams would have interest in Yandle, and the New York Rangers are one of them. He’d be the power-play quarterback they’ve been looking for, no question.
The St. Louis Blues are in the market for a top-four, left-handed defenseman, so Yandle would certainly fill the bill as well.
more hockey notes…
via Daren Milard tweet,
Hearing #coyotes have put yandle back In play. He was available for the right price @ the deadline. Deal is close.
If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)
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via Darren Dreger tweet,
I’m hearing Keith Yandle has agreed to an extension. 5 years, $26.5 mil.
Ryan Whitney tweets too,
Keith Yandle becoming a very wealthy man by signing his new deal with the Phoenix Coyotes for 5 years 26.25 million.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle to a five-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Keith is an elite player and one of the game’s best young defenseman,” said Maloney. “He is an important part of our future and we are thrilled to sign him to a long-term contract.”
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Not saying PHX will trade RFA dman Keith Yandle, but my sense is PHX will gauge his trade value as it considers all options (trade or sign).
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
They say he skates well, and he does. They say his defensive game is on the upswing, and it is.
And his dancing, it’s something else, too. It’s become a Phoenix Coyotes tradition.
When they win a game, forward Lauri Korpikoski cranks up the music in the dressing room and defenceman Keith Yandle dances to Teach Me How to Dougie. How this started, even Yandle isn’t sure.
But as long as the Coyotes keep winning, he’s okay with it. And the way Yandle has played this NHL season is a significant reason why the Coyotes have overcome their down times – along with those persistent bound-for-Winnipeg rumours – and maintained a playoff presence in the Western Conference.
Yandle, by every measurable, is a James Norris Memorial Trophy candidate.
I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.
“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”
“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”
Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.
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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
“It’s a tough one to take,” Perry said. “It was a good slash right on the wrist. He got me between elbow pad and glove. It’s bone on stick.”
Perry came out for the third period and ended up playing nearly 17 minutes.
Coach Randy Carlyle said his team was affected by Yandle’s slash and suggested the NHL’s disciplinarian staff might review it.
“We got angry when Yandle slashed Corey Perry,” Carlyle said. “It was a pretty vicious slash, kind of a baseball swing at his hand. I’m sure they’ll be looking at that. That got people a little upset.”
more and watch the slash below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For this year’s game, to be played two weekends from now in Raleigh, N.C., the NHL elected to choose players from 26 teams, bypassing the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes. The first three, you could understand. All have struggled this year, none have players that immediately jump out at you as a team that absolutely, positively needed an all-star representative.
But omitting players from Phoenix’s roster just seemed odd and unfair. The Coyotes were one of the top regular-season teams in the league last year and they were holding down the No. 4 ranking in the Western Conference again following Thursday night’s action. The Coyotes don’t usually score a lot, which is why the fact that a defenceman - Keith Yandle - leads them in scoring is noteworthy. Yandle, who had a three-point night vs. the Leafs Thursday, is a young American that drew some notice for his good play during the Coyotes’ unexpected surge to respectability last season. He was even better in the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings, but has taken his game to another level this year. Overall, he is sixth among NHL defencemen in scoring and tied for fourth in assists, as many of his peers predicted he might.
more plus a look at Colby Armstrong…
“It’s just a dirty hit. Dirty player. He’s got no respect.”
“I mean, he’s killing a penalty, and he’s coming like that. His only intent was to hurt me with his hands high like that, and I hope they (the NHL) review it.”
“They’re up 5-0, and he cowers away from all our guys. I mean, every guy on our team tried to fight him.”
-Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes on Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A bit more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
added video below at 4:26pm...
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
For a young player trying to make a quick impression, mistakes can pile up rapidly. There are tough lessons to learn.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle had his share of struggles as he embarked on his learning curve. He listened, took criticism to heart and applied what he had learned - and he has made giant strides, to the point he is recognized as one of the top blue liners in the league.
So why don’t more people in the Valley know about him, an evolving 24-year-old who this season was named an assistant captain?
“Probably because he’s not in a major media market for hockey, simple as that,” coach Dave Tippett said. “If he’s in a real hockey market, where the hockey stories are first online instead of not first, then he gets a lot more exposure.
“The people in the game know about him because you hear it from other coaches, you hear it from other people and scouts involved in the game. They all know who he is.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Kubina received a two-minute penalty with 7:06 left in the third period for the knee-to-knee hit, and then had to fight Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who retaliated. After the game, Yandle told reporters he had no doubt in his mind Kubina stuck his knee out to initiate the hit.
“It was such a dirty hit,” Yandle said. “He sticks his knee out deliberately. I had him wide and he stuck his knee out deliberately. There’s no room in the game for that.”
But Kubina, who said he had not yet watched a replay of the hit, said there was no intent.
“No, not at all,” he said. “I didn’t try to knee the guy. I was going to back up first and then I tried to hit him and he skated right into me. That’s all I can say.”
read on and watch a video of the hit and fight below or scroll to near the end of the video for a replay of the hit…
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Like nearly everyone else who follows hockey, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney had heard trade rumors that he was shopping talented defenseman Keith Yandle.
“I hope it wasn’t Keith starting them, that was my only concern,” Maloney told Sporting News with a laugh.
General managers typically don’t get in the business of shooting down rumors, because that alone can become a full-time job. But Maloney made an exception for this one.
“Listen, that was just pure, utter fantasy. Keith is an important part of our future. He knows it,” Maloney said.
Here’s the problem folks, the person who starts these nonsense rumors does not and I repeat, does not know the game.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
General Manager Don Maloney says Yandle continues to mature, pointing to role models such as Jovanovski, Michalek and Adrian Aucoin who can show him how to prepare. As his minutes piled up, Yandle’s confidence grew proportionately, Maloney said.
“Now, rather being viewed as a young, developing player, we view Keith as a player we count on the generate offense from our blue line while playing sound defense. He is a very important player for us.”
Yandle’s ice time was in the mid-teens before the injuries hit, and then it increased by five to 10 minutes a game. Tippett said Yandle grasped the opportunity and responsibility when it was presented to him.
“He’s continued to build on that,” Tippett said. “He’s a young player, still has some things to learn, but he has a real fearless energy for the game. What we try to get him to do is to play smart, use the skills that he has but don’t play reckless, and he’s done a good job of that.”