Phoenix Coyotes: Sean Couturier An Obvious Target In Potential Keith Yandle Deal

By Randy Holt
Sean Couturier
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In the past year, we’ve heard a great deal about the Phoenix Coyotes and their apparent willingness to deal defenseman Keith Yandle. Between their depth on the blue line, their need for offense, and the fact that they have a d-man capable of shouldering the load as a no. 1 guy in Oliver Ekman-Larsson, you could understand why.

They’re not necessarily shopping him, but will listen to offers. If they find one that they fancy, then they’ll make the move. It hasn’t happened yet, not last summer or at April’s trade deadline, but many think it could come this summer. And we know who the front runners likely are.

There will be multiple teams calling on Keith Yandle this summer. But the team that apparently has the most interest in acquiring him is the Philadelphia Flyers. Luckily for Phoenix, the Flyers have the young offensive talent that the Coyotes might seek in a potential trade.

The Coyotes want to upgrade on offense, there’s no doubt about that. Not only could they do that, but they could also get a hometown kid, a rarity in the desert, in trading for Sean Couturier. A Phoenix native, Couturier represents one of the young forwards Philly would have to deal in order to acquire a player of Yandle’s caliber.

Having been born in Phoenix, Couturier would give the Coyotes the type of player they’re trying to build around. He’s a two-way forward with big offensive upside capable of playing in the middle or out on the wing. He’d be an able playmaker on a Coyotes team that has some pretty solid talent out on the wing.However, given that Yandle is signed for a few more years, is in his prime, and is only 27, Couts wouldn’t be the only piece involved. Though it’s a start.

If the Coyotes are going to deal Yandle to Philadelphia, Couturier would be the centerpiece of such a deal. Or Brayden Schenn, though the Flyers are likely less willing to part ways with him. The Flyers’ willingness to deal one of their two young centers would go a long way towards making the Coyotes willing to move Yandle and likely have the best chance of acquiring him of anyone else out on the trade market.

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