from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Coyotes are going to get younger and move their pending UFAs, but there’s already a pretty good young nucleus to build around, so we’re not talking a long-term thing here. Hopefully for Arizona it will be a quick turnaround in one or two years.
No question they’d like to get a top-2 pick in June to get one of the two generational picks.
And they hope to recoup as much as possible from unrestricted free agents such as Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and David Moss.
The real question is what happens with star blueliner Keith Yandle, who still has a year and a half left on his deal. One source from a rival NHL team told me Coyotes general Don Maloney is more likely to wait until June to gather up a bigger auction on Yandle rather than move him now; although obviously it depends how desperate a team gets in its offer on Yandle between now and March 2.