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Being that  I live in Phoenix,  I hear often about how the Coyotes won't be able to keep Keith Yandle too much longer.  He's an RFA though, so no one is going to sign him outright.  According to, we have a little over $8M in cap space.  I think the Wings should go after Yandle via a trade to be their next 15yr cornerstone defenseman to replace Lidstrom.

I would offer:

Hudler, Ericsson, Filppula, 1 first round, and 2 second round picks


Taylor Pyatt, Yandle, 1 fourth round, and 1 fifth round pick

Don't get me wrong, I don't really want Filppula to go.  I think he's a decent 2nd line center or a well above average 3rd line Center, but I doubt Phoenix would bite on it if it was just Hudler and Ericsson.  I think Hudler needs a change of scenery to get his game back.  I'm not certain that they would take Ericsson, but if they're getting Filppula and Hudler plus the picks, I'm fairly certain they'd be willing to take him.  They are very thin up the middle since losing Eric Belanger to Edmonton and Hudler can step in immediately and fill Upshall's hole on the wing.  Filppula would probably be their #1 C with Doan and Whitney on his wings.  Not too bad for him or them.

As for the Red Wings, in Yandle you've got one of the bright, young defensemen in the league who had some Norris candidacy talk last year.  And in Taylor Pyatt you've got a big left winger (6'4 220) who can put up points and is a penalty killer.

I think the lines would look like this:

Franzen - Datysuk - Cleary

Pyatt - Zetterberg - Bertuzzi

Holmstrom - Helm - Abdelkader

Eaves - Emmerton - Miller

Lidstom - Yandle

Stuart - Kronwall

White - Commodore

While the front end looks a bit more thin, I believe this gives us more chances to play some of our up and coming forwards like Emmerton, Tatar, and Mursak to find out if they really are going to fit.  But it also strengthens our defense.  Our GAA average has been increasing the last few years, and while some of that is probably due to an inexperienced goalie (though Howard is no longer inexperienced) I would lay a decent amount of blame at our defense being thin.  Kronwall isn't the big hitter he was 3 years ago, guys aren't afraid of him anymore.  Keeping Ericsson leaves a huge hole in our defense.  By adding Yandle this year, allows him to take the reigns of leadership for our defense when Lidstrom retires next year.  We're solid up and down on defense with active, puck moving defensemen who can generate offense from the point with big shots or with passes from our own zone pushing the puck up ice.  I think we could sign Yandle to a 10 yr deal for $5-$5.5M per season cap hit.  He's only 24 so he could still get a good contract again when he's 34.  Plus with that move, we're still well under the cap to pursue offense next season when Holmstrom probably (hopefully) retires, Bertuzzi might be done by then, and we'll need some big help up front because Datsyuk and Zetterberg are a year older.   We'll be able to go after someone like Alexander Semin, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp, David Krejci (RFA),  Matt Duchene (RFA), and a number of others including our own that deserve raises like Stuart, Kronwall, Abdelkader, and Helm.

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