The most appealing defenders available at the deadline are likely to be Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis
And with Byfuglien off the market, the most appealing defenders available at the deadline are likely to be Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis.
Neither has the ability to impact a game at both ends of the ice in the way Byfuglien can, but each has his strengths. Yandle could be the answer for a team looking to ramp up its power play and enhance its transition game. Hamhuis is more the stay-at-home type, someone who can be counted on to play shutdown minutes. Neither will generate the interest Byfuglien would have, but both should see their trade value enhanced now that they’re Plans 1 and 1A rather than B and C, and that’s good news for the Rangers and Canucks.