Here is the Sept. 30 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.
Let's get to it:
Do you think the New York Rangers will re-sign Keith Yandle? If so, what does the new contract look like? -- @EbenezerZane
I'm 50-50 on this. A lot will depend on how the Rangers play this season, where they stand at the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, the maturation of Brady Skjei, and the cap. The Rangers should be a contender, so they should be in buying mode come the deadline, so it stands to reason Yandle would be safe if he is still unsigned at that point. The maturation of Skjei matters more than anything here because he's a left-handed defenseman, like Yandle, and he would be a lot cheaper to have on the roster in Yandle's spot than Yandle would be. Yandle is making $5.75 million this season, according to war-on-ice.com. He's only 29 years old, won't turn 30 until just before training camp starts next year. Negotiations for his next contract could start with an average annual value of $5.75 million, give or take a small amount. That might be too rich for the Rangers, who already have Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Kevin Klein locked in for $18.9 million total in salary cap charges next season. Skjei might be Yandle's replacement, unless the Rangers try to trade Staal or Girardi, who is a righty.