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NHL Notebook: Are Bruins a good fit for Keith Yandle; early returns look good for Chara in Washington

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It almost makes too much sense, doesn't it?

The Bruins, in search of another playmaking, power-play ace from the blue line, brings in another local kid from the South Shore to shore up a potential vacancy on their roster.

And no, this isn't me describing the daydream musings of a B's fan from Quincy. It's been a regular roster move executed by Boston over the years, the latest coming in February 2019 when Don Sweeney pulled the trigger on a deal for Weymouth product Charlie Coyle.

Given Boston's affinity for hockey talent from the Commonwealth, it shouldn't exactly come as much of a surprise that just about every trade whisper involving Panthers defenseman (and Milton native) Keith Yandle has mentioned the Bruins in the same breath.

After three seasons down in Florida, it appears as though Yandle's tenure in the Sunshine State could be in flux, given that new Panthers GM Bill Zito seems poised to shake up the status quo within the organization. While the 34-year-old defenseman remains on Florida's roster, Yandle doesn't seem to be in the franchise's long-term plans, as his 866-game ironman streak — the longest in the entire NHL — could be in jeopardy when Florida opens its season on Sunday night against the Blackhawks.

Given the amount of deserved pride Yandle takes in such a record (Doug Jarvis holds the record for most consecutive games played at 964), Florida's decision to potentially sit him and snap that streak looms large — with an eventual split seeming all but inevitable for both player and team.

Of course, moving Yandle is easier said than done, given both Yandle's no-movement clause and contract (three years left at $6.35 million per season) — coupled with a stagnant market that has kept many teams from opening their wallets due to a flat cap.

Threatening to sit Yandle could be Zito's way of pissing him off enough to waive that no-movement clause to facilitate any deal, with Fox Sports Midwest's Andy Strickland identifying both the Bruins and Flyers as potential landing spots for the playmaking defenseman. Now, if Boston was genuinely interested, one would have to think a local kid like Yandle wouldn't offer much resistance when it comes to waiving that clause.

The question, of course, is could Boston actually swing a trade for Yandle? Or perhaps more importantly, should they pull the trigger on such a move?