Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

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Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

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.

Wojnarowski: C's, Pacers talking Nets pick for George

Wojnarowski: C's, Pacers talking Nets pick for George

Often times reporting something can shake something loose from another source. That might have been the case Thursday morning. 

Just eight minutes after Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Celtics and Pacers were not in advanced discussions on Paul George because of Boston’s unwillingness to deal the Nets’ 2017 first-round pick, he sent a follow-up saying sources had indicated that the pick was indeed in play. 

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

O'Connor: Zizic would go top-10 in 2017 draft

O'Connor: Zizic would go top-10 in 2017 draft

It seems the Celtics can throw yet another piece onto their treasure trove of assets. 

The Celtics stashed two of their first-round picks from the 2016 draft overseas and in the process have seen 23rd overall pick Ante Zizic establish himself as a very promising NBA prospect. 

The Croatian center, currently playing in the Turkish League, has boosted his stock with a strong season in what’s expected to be his last before joining the Celtics. Appearing on Toucher and Rich Thursday morning, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said that Zizic has improved to the point that he would be a top-10 pick in the 2017 draft. “He looks really good,” O’Connor said. “I liked him last year when I first watched him. I thought, ‘Good energy big man. He’ll have a solid career,’ but then the more you watch him, the more you see. 

“This year, he’s really taken a step forward. All his strengths look better. All the things he was already good at like screening, rebounding and rim-protection, he looks better. But he’s also starting to flash a little bit of a mid-range jumper, and he’s never had bad mechanics, but now that shot’s starting to fall. So maybe he can be more than that energy big man. Maybe he’s a little bit more dynamic than that. 

“If I’m the Celtics, I value him as you’re getting a top-10 pick this yea. I think he’d go around nine or 10 in this draft.”