Keith Yandle D PHO 9 Months
Despite the relative success they have enjoyed, defenseman Keith Yandle thinks his team can play better over the season's second half than they have in the first.
"We know we can be better. We know we're a better team than we're showing," Yandle said. "One game above .500 isn't exactly where we want to be. We have high expectations for ourselves. We know that every year coming in." Yandle has done his part, racking up 14 points in 24 contests, but we agree the Coyotes can improve on their first half showing.
Keith Yandle D PHO 9 Months
Keith Yandle scored Thursday night in Phoenix's 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Yandle has some of the best offensive instincts for a defenseman, but last year's dip from 59 to 43 points was certainly a bit of a disappointment. This season, he has three goals and 11 points in 20 games. Shane Doan and Rostislav Klesla had the other goals. Mikkel Boedker chipped in with two helpers.
Keith Yandle D PHO 10 Months
Keith Yandle had a power-play goal and two assists to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Nashville Predators Monday night.
It was Yandle's first goal of the season and his third and fourth assists. Nick Johnson also scored his first goal of the season and added his first assist.
Keith Yandle D PHO 11 Months
Despite widespread rumblings in the summer that he was being dangled in trade talks, Keith Yandle is still a valued member of the Phoenix Coyotes.
"It's part of the game," Yandle said. "You hear everything. It doesn't matter. A nobody could write something, and they're going to blow it up. Anybody can write anything. You just gotta focus on playing hockey and just having fun with it." Yandle is loyal to the Coyotes. He didn't even want to leave Phoenix during the NHL lockout. "The Coyotes are my team," he said. "I didn't want to play for another team (in Europe) and be with another organization. I wanted to just always be loyal to this team and always play here. Obviously a lot of guys went to play, but I'm happy with my decision to stay."
Keith Yandle D PHO Aug 14 '12
The Red Wings have "inquired about" Keith Yandle, according to The Detroit News' Gregg Krupa.
The Wings have lost two of their best defenseman in Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart this offseason and have yet to add any any pieces this offseason. There has been reported interest out of Calgary of Detroit's interest in Jay Boumeester, though the Wings may prefer the Coyotes' Yandle, who is signed through 2016 and is one of the better young defenseman in the game, despite the significant cost. However, Phoenix's ownership situation and the collective-bargaining agreement situation complicate the pursuit. Krupa does note that at this point, though, the Wings are "likely to play largely with what they have."
Keith Yandle D PHO Jun 23 '12
Although there was talk that Keith Yandle would be traded on Friday, Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he received no serious offers regarding Yandle.
"Keith Yandle is an assistant captain, a core member of our team and the best young offensive defenseman in the game," Maloney said. "So if we were ever to make a deal, it would have to be something very special." Yandle had 11 goals and 43 points in 82 games last season.
Keith Yandle D PHO May 10 '12
Keith Yandle has contributed seven assists, which currently leads all blueliners, in 11 playoff games.
His seven points has him tied with teammate Rostislav Klesla and New York's Daniel Girardi for the most among defensemen in the NHL postseason. Yandle cracked the 40-point mark for a third straight season in 2011-12, with 11 goals and 32 assists in 82 games, and is quickly establishing himself as a top-flight fantasy rearguard.
Keith Yandle D PHO Apr 30 '12
Keith Yandle leads all blueliners with seven points in eight playoff games.
Yandle is one of the reasons the Phoenix Coyotes have taken a 2-0 series lead in the second round. He added another two assists on Sunday and should continue to be among the NHL leaders in points for a defensemen as long as the Coyotes are alive in the playoffs.