Why Keith Yandle makes sense for Bruins

Should B’s pursue Yandle? Yes, however just for a particular function initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Keith Yandle has actually been associated with NHL trade reports and speculation including the Boston Bruins a lot of times over the last years.

Will this lastly be the year the Milton, Mass., native joins his home town group?

The Florida Panthers revealed Thursday they purchased out the staying 2 years of Yandle’s agreement. He will end up being an unlimited totally free representative on July 28.

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The Bruins require more depth on their blue line, however is Yandle an excellent fit at 34 years of ages?

Yes, however just in the best function.

Yandle has actually constantly been an excellent puck-moving defenseman with offending ability. He’s likewise efficient on the power play. He’s never ever been a shutdown defenseman, and he does not stand out when a great deal of his shifts begin in the protective zone or he needs to play a great deal of minutes versus the opposing group’s top-six forwards.

A third-pairing function where he mostly plays in offending circumstances versus beneficial matches is the perfect situation for Yandle at this phase of his profession. The Panthers, as the tweet listed below describes, put him into this function last season and saw great outcomes:

The Panthers had a plus-158 edge in shot efforts, a plus-82 benefit in shots on internet and a plus-64 margin in scoring possibilities throughout Yandle’s 5-on-5 minutes last season, per Natural Stat Technique. Nevertheless, he had 193 offending zone begins compared to simply 39 protective zone begins, additional highlighting the kind of function he requires to play to be most efficient.

The Bruins are desperate for scoring from the blue line, though. Charlie McAvoy led all Bruins defensemen with 30 points last season. Matt Grzelcyk tallied 20 points. No other B’s blueliner was in double digits. Replacing Torey Krug’s scoring was a harder task than anticipated. 

Yandle, for all of his flaws, still puts up points. He has averaged 46.3 points over the last six seasons.

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Another thing the Bruins need on the back end is durability. The Bruins have suffered so many injuries to defensemen in recent seasons, especially in the playoffs. The 2021 playoffs were the latest example, as Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller and others missed games.

Yandle is one of the most durable players in league history. His active streak of 922 consecutive games played is the second-longest behind Doug Jarvis’ career record of 964.

The Bruins have better options than Yandle in their search for blue line help. For example, Ryan Suter is a legit top-four defenseman and a better all-around player. He will be a UFA after being bought out by the Minnesota Wild earlier this week.

However, if Yandle is willing to accept a cheap, one-year deal to join the Bruins in a third-pairing role with some power-play time, the team should strongly consider it. He’s not going to replace Kevan Miller’s toughness or penalty killing, but Yandle could provide the Bruins with some much-needed offending production and lots of experience.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.