Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'
September 4, 2012, 11:25 am
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BOSTON -- Speculation is growing that the Boston Bruins are attempting to trade for a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Zdeno Chara, and one of the more popular names mentioned is Phoenix Coyotes assistant captain Keith Yandle.
And responding to a rumor over the weekend, a source close to Yandle said on Monday night that the two-time All-Star "would love to play for the Bruins."
Yandle -- who turns 26 on Sunday -- is a Boston native. He's locked into a five-year, 26.25 million deal that he signed last summer. And the puck-moving defenseman didn't disappoint in his first season under the big contract, putting up 43 points on 11 goals and 32 assists, while leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
While it wasn't the first time that Yandle's name has been linked to the Bruins, a tweet over the weekend from @HockeyyInsiderr brought it back to the surface when he tweeted:
"Also hearing that the Bruins are actively shopping for a top pair d-man to partner up with Chara. Interested in Yandle and Bouwmeester."
He later tweeted:
"At this very moment, my Boston source informed me that the Bruins do not have an offer on the table for Bouwmeester, but have 1 for Yandle."
Whether or not that is actually true, remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Yandle wants to play in Boston.
The source close to Yandle also pointed out that any potential trade to Boston could include Bruins center David Krejci, who signed a three-year, 15.75 million deal that kicks in this season.
Both Krejci and Yandle have cap hits of 5.25 million under their new contracts.