PHT Morning Skate: Where Keith Yandle might be on the move

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Darren Millard reports that the Phoenix Coyotes are shopping around star – but expensive – defenseman Keith Yandle. Millard said a deal is “close” and that they previously put him on the block during the trade deadline. Is this a money thing or an Oliver Ekman-Larsson thing? (Millard)

Gary Lawless has the latest on the contract negotiations between Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets. Apparently Pavelec’s reps want a four-year, $17 million deal while the Jets are thinking something more along the lines of a three-year, $12 million pact. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Here’s the lowdown on Brad Stuart’s new deal with the San Jose Sharks via Kevin Kurz. (CSNBayArea.com)

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t exactly accustomed to having such a high draft pick lately. (NHL.com)

Joe Haggerty regenerates a growing debate: should there be a “Bobby Orr Trophy”? That alteration would permit voters to honor the best stay-at-home defenseman and the best scoring defenseman separately, which seems relevant again considering Erik Karlsson’s Norris victory. (CSNNE.com)

The Coyotes might not have Yandle around to help their goalies, but they’re looking to keep their “Goalie Whisperer.” Pierre LeBrun reports that the team is close to bringing back Sean Burke. (ESPN)

Despite all the transfer headaches that can potentially come with it, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says he won’t shy away from drafting Russian players this weekend. (CSNWashington.com)

Michael Arace believes that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be fools to pass on Nail Yakupov if he drops to them at No. 2. (Columbus Dispatch)

Fourteen picks who could make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers. (CSNPhilly.com)