Theres a tantalizing trade rumor making the rounds that will pique Coyotes fans interest.
If Pittsburgh cant get center Jordan Staal signed to a contract extension this offseason, he might on the blocks. The reasoning is this: Staal will be an unrestricted free agent after next season, so the Penguins might want to get something for a valuable asset.
The Coyotes are one of several teams said to be interested. General manager Don Maloney did not return a message left Wednesday. One scenario has Phoenix dealing defenseman Keith Yandle, a second-round pick this year and a third-round pick next season for Staal.
That deal makes sense on a lot of fronts. Each team has a surplus at the position theyd be dealing. The Coyotes have been stockpiling defenseman in their system for several years, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson appears ready to take a giant leap forward. Pittsburgh already has centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to go along with Staal a collection that Maloney recently called...