It was last March 1 that former Rangers Team President and GM Glen Sather pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade that sent top prospect Anthony Duclair to the Coyotes in exchange for Keith Yandle. For the Blueshirts, they added a quality skating defenseman who could anchor the power play and balance out their back end. So, Slats parted with Duclair, John Moore (signed with Devils), a 2016 first round pick and 2015 second round pick (Oliver Kylington) for Yandle, Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth round pick.
When they parted with Duclair, many fans were sad but understood the rationale. Fast forward to October 14 and the 20-year old Duclair has his first career NHL hat trick for the Coyotes, who continue to surprise. They lead preseason Cup favorite Anaheim 4-0 on the road. The video for Duke’s three goals is above. It’s nice to see some early success for him with Canadian World Junior line mate Max Domi.
The deal was an easy one for Sather due to the window for the Rangers to win with Henrik Lundqvist. At the time, it was viewed by many as the move that could put them over the top. Yandle performed well last postseason. He’s signed one more year and then turns unrestricted in July 2016. For the Blueshirts to win the trade, they must win a Stanley Cup. There’s no guarantee Yandle will re-sign.