Stanley Cup contenders interested in Keith Yandle

The Toronto Maple Leafs are perhaps the most interesting story going into the trade deadline with news that goaltender Jonathan Bernier might be available for the right price.

It wouldn’t be an NHL trade deadline without Keith Yandle trade rumours.

It’s no secret the Arizona Coyotes are prepared to make some moves at the trade deadline. Antoine Vermette is the most likely candidate to move by Monday, but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggested Yandle could also move.

“There are Eastern Conference teams who believe that one of the playoff contenders is trying to make a late run for Keith Yandle,” Friedman said.

In the past, Yandle has frequently been linked with the Boston Bruins. The 28-year-old defenseman is a Boston native.

Yandle was picked in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2005 NHL draft by the Coyotes. He hasn’t scored fewer than eight goals and 30 points since his rookie season in 2007-08. This season, Yandle has four goals and 41 points in 63 games, putting him in a tie for ninth in scoring among defensemen.

Yandle makes $5.25 million against the salary cap and has one more season after this one left on his deal before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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