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January 9, 2016 | 2:10pm ET
Rangers expected to trade Yandle?

With the New York Rangers likely unable to sign defenseman Keith Yandle to a market-value contract, various reports suggest he's likely to be dealt by the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Yandle, 29, is in the final year of his contract and with an extension with the Rangers unexpected, trade chatter is picking up.

"For me, my name has kind of been talked about around the trade deadline [before], and I've always looked at it as a thing that's good," Yandle told the New York Post.

"If a team wants you, that's a good thing. If you're being talked about, that's a good thing. But my sole focus is helping this team win. I love being here, I love playing for the Rangers. It's a good fit for me. Just looking to see where it goes."

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has spoken with Yandle's agent, but the two sides do not appear close to an agreement. With the team's defensive corps eating up a lot of the salary, the Rangers do not look to be in a proper position to re-sign Yandle.

Yandle's salary cap hit is $2.625 million this season, as the rest of his $5.25 million overall cap hit is being eaten by the Arizona Coyotes.

As the Rangers battle for playoff positioning, moving Yandle might not be ideal for the short-term, but long-term, it could be the team's only option.

"Keith is a UFA that stands to do quite well in the market," Gorton told the Post. "I've had some conversations with his agent, and we will continue to do so. But I think we're at a point where we're going to see how our team does, how we stack up and we'll figure it out from there."

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