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Report: Red Wings “have inquired” about Keith Yandle

Keith Yandle

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is shown outside the National Hockey League’s labor talks with the NHL players association at NHL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The NHL is still awaiting the NHLPA s counterproposal as the calendar turns toward August and there appears to be no resolution in sight. The current collective bargaining agreement ends on Sept. 15, and the NHL season is scheduled to open on Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


The Detroit Red Wings’ search for a defenseman reportedly isn’t stopping with Jay Bouwmeester.

Gregg Krupa reports that the Red Wings have also “inquired” about Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.

It would cost the Red Wings considerably to acquire him. But Yandle, who turns 26 next month, is far more worthy of it than Bouwmeester.

The Red Wings have inquired about Yandle. But what complicates their pursuit is the perilous ownership situation in Phoenix.

(Krupa goes on to discuss the possibility of Coyotes players becoming available through a “dispersal draft,” but we’ll just move on from that subject.)

Here’s a quick-and-dirty breakdown of what the two defensemen bring to the table:

Yandle - 25 years old, cap hit: $5.25 million through 2015-16, 43 points in 2011-12

Bouwmeester - 28 years old, cap hit: $6.68M through 2013-14, 29 points in 2011-12

Of course, their respective teams might require different assets in a trade, but the Red Wings at least have options to fill the gaping holes in their defense.


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