Report: Coyotes 'definitely willing' to trade Keith Yandle, Red Wings among interested teams

Jun 26, 8:05 PM

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is one of the best puck possession defenseman in the NHL, although his occasional struggles on the defensive side of the puck have been criticized by his head coach Dave Tippett in the not-too-distant past. 

Despite Yandle's obvious skill and utility, his name seems to surface in trade rumors annually at the NHL trade deadline and the NHL Entry Draft. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will not buck that trend, apparently.

On Thursday during a segment of Insider Trading at TSN.ca, Darren Dreger reported that the Coyotes are "definitely willing" to move Keith Yandle. Dreger suggested that the Coyotes would, in part, be looking to shed salary in such a move. 

As for which clubs may be interested in acquiring Yandle's services? "The Detroit Red Wings would definitely have interest in Yandle," Dreger said, "but they're more interested in Tyler Myers (of the Buffalo Sabres)." In particular the Red Wings are interested in upgrading the right-side of their defense corps, particularly if they don't believe they can land Matt Niskanen or Dan Boyle.