Yandle signed a seven-year deal with Florida that carries a cap hit of $6.35 million per season.
84% of readers said that they would not have given Yandle that contract.
Yandle signed a seven-year deal with Florida that carries a cap hit of $6.35 million per season.
84% of readers said that they would not have given Yandle that contract.
Keith Yandle said that he didn't have any discussions with the Rangers about a new contract but said that he understands how the business of hockey works.
Yandle said that he and his team knew that the Rangers would have to move out money and that he expected to go to July 1. (NY Post)
He said that after being acquired by Florida it was a "great feeling" to be wanted. (NY Post)
4:26PM: Darren Dreger said that he spoke with people from the Panthers who acknowledged that they overpaid to get Yandle but said that it was money well spent. (Nichols)
9:53AM: Keith Yandle signed a deal with the Florida Panthers for seven-years and with a cap hit of $6.35 million.
Yandle has the 13th highest cap hit for defensemen and has a no-move clause for the first six-years of the contract.
Keith Yandle has signed a SEVEN-YEAR deal with the Panthers for a total of $44.45 million and a cap hit of $6.35 million per season. (ESPN)
The contract features a no-move clause in the first six-years of the deal and a modified no-trade clause in the seventh year.
As a condition of Yandle signing with the Panthers, the Rangers receive a 2017 4th round pick.
Adam Rotter: Well, it was going to take a lot to keep Yandle off the market and that is certainly a lot of money and a lot of years. It's a giant contract but the Panthers needed to overpay to make sure they got him. The Rangers could not make this type of commitment to keep Yandle. Their cap situation wouldn't have allowed for this kind of move unless they found a way to move out from Marc Staal and/or Dan Girardi's contracts. The Rangers paid a lot to get Yandle and the best hope now is that they will be able to draft and develop NHL players with the two picks they got for him.
Sportsnet's Damien Cox was on Sportsnet 590 this morning and said the following about how the Rangers handled the Keith Yandle situation.
Cox said "With Keith Yandle, what a dumb move by the New York Rangers. They could have dealt him before the playoffs, they knew they couldn't afford to bring him back. They decide to go for it now they get a little bit back but nothing that is going to really, really help them. That team has some major decisions to make."
Pierre McGuire was on TSN1200 this morning and noted that Yandle's brother is a scout for the Panthers and that he thinks Yandle will sign down there.
The New York Rangers traded defenseman Keith Yandle to the Florida Panthers.
The Rangers will receive a sixth-round pick and would also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in 2017 if he signs with the Panthers, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
The Panthers are expected to make a push to sign Yandle to a long-term deal for six years, according to TSN's Gary Lawless.
6/14/16 | 4:12PM: According to Pierre LeBrun, the Rangers have not held any contract talks with pending UFA Keith Yandle because they would "have to move out money before they even pick up the phone." (ESPN)
LeBrun says that unless the Rangers are able to move out some money and create cap space, "all signs point" toward Yandle becoming a UFA. (ESPN)
LeBrun notes, "there shouldn't be any shortage of interest in a puck-moving, power-play stud like him." (ESPN)
5/26/16 | 12:40PM: While communication between the Rangers and Keith Yandle remain "open," Yandle is "still far more likely" to leave the Rangers than stay, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)
The price for Yandle, expected to be around $45 million over 7 years, is likely to be "too expensive for the Rangers." (NY Post)
5/20/16 | 5:08PM: Gary Lawless ranks Keith Yandle as the top potential UFA defenseman and ranks him 7th in terms of all players in his ranking of the top 30 possible UFAs. (TSN.ca)
Dylan McIlrath said during the regular season that Keith Yandle took him under his wing on and off the ice to help him get comfortable. (Ranger Rants)
McIlrath said Yandle helped teach him how to be a pro and make sure that you are always on top of your game. (NY Times)
He added that there is a lot of "communication" when he is playing with Yandle. (NY Times)
Keith Yandle said that any talks about his future this past year were about waiting until after the season and that he wants to be smart about free agency. (NY Post)
Yandle said that he needs to focus on himself but added that he can definitely see himself staying with the Rangers. (NY Post)
He added though that he has to weigh his options and make the right decision. (NY Post)
Keith Yandle wrote a piece for The Players Tribune where he talks about how much he loves being part of the Rangers and how much this team wants to win.
Some of what Yandle said includes:
He closed by saying, "New York, pull on your sweaters. It's time to go to work."
Larry Brooks writes that with Keith Yandle being promoted to the top PP unit as well as the second pair, the argument can now be made about trying to find a way to keep Yandle. (NY Post)
Brooks says that the biggest argument against keeping Yandle was paying a third-pair defenseman the kind of money Yandle may get as a free agent. (NY Post)
He says that it's unlikely the Rangers would buyout Marc Staal's contract and that attempting to trade or buying out Dan Girardi would leave a hole on the right side. (NY Post)
Keith Yandle had the primary assist on two Ranger PP goals last night giving him 24 primary assists for the season.
Derek Stepan said that Yandle is "so good" at passing the puck and putting it right on a players stick. (Rangers Game Notes)
On his assists, Yandle said that Zuccarello and Stepan deserve all the credit for getting open and finishing. (Rangers Game Notes)
From the Rangers Game Notes, "Keith Yandle recorded two assists while skating in a game-high 22:00 of ice time. Yandle leads the Rangers in assists (37) and power play assists (17), and he is tied for the team lead in primary assists (24) this season. He also ranks third among NHL defensemen in primary assists in 2015-16. In addition, Yandle leads Rangers defensemen in points (42) this season."
Keith Yandle set up two first-period power-play goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as the New York Rangers beat Boston 5-2 on Wednesday night, sending the Bruins to a season-high fourth straight loss.
Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, J.T. Miller and Rick Nash scored for New York, which won its second straight and inched a little closer to securing a spot in the playoffs with eight games left in the regular season.
Lee Stempniak, who had a first-period tally disallowed after an offside review and another shot gloved off the line by Lundqvist in the third period, scored for the Bruins along with Frank Vatrano. The Bruins have five goals in their skid. >> Read more
3/22/16 | 9:48AM: Gorton told Craig Custance that "things happen" and that the Rangers would "love to keep" Yandle. (ESPN Insider)
He added "how we do that, I'm not sure yet. We'll cross that bridge when we get there." (ESPN Insider)
Custance notes that Gorton and Yandle's agent Jerry Buckley have a relationship that goes back a long time. (ESPN Insider)
Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.
Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.
Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals' goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline. >> Read more...
The New York Rangers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7 p.m.
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Elliotte Friedman was on a USA Today Podcast and spoke about how if the Rangers do keep Keith Yandle they wouldn't get "nothing" if they let him go on July 1.
Friedman said, "cap space is something now. Especially with how the cap is leveling off and it looks like we are going to be in the mid to low 70s now. If a player leaves and Yandle, because AZ has half of his money, I think is $2.65 million, sometimes that $2.65 million allows you to do things." (USA Today)
He added, "I don't think it's the end of the world to say that we are going to take a shot with this guy and then see what we do with the cap money later. Cap money is a big commodity if you know how to use it properly and I don't have a problem with what the Rangers are doing." (USA Today)
Elliotte Friedman reporters that the Rangers have told Keith Yandle that he will not be traded by Monday's deadline. (CBC)
Yandle is a UFA after the season.
For more on Yandle's future, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: At this point with how Yandle has been playing, the Rangers can't afford to move him. Had Ryan McDonagh not gotten hurt it's possible Yandle would be on the move, but with how he stepped up and how he has helped the PP lately, the Rangers it doesn't make sense to move Yandle to try and recoup future assets. The Rangers went after Yandle to "go for it" last year and it just makes sense to keep him while they "go for it" again.
The New York Rangers face the Dallas Stars on the road Saturday at 4 p.m.
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Larry Brooks writes that for the first time since being acquired Yandle is looking like the "dynamic player" the Rangers thought they were getting. (NY Post)
Yandle said that he feels like he is at his best when he is playing more minutes and that the more he has the puck on his stick the more confident he is with it. (NY Post)
On Monday, Alain Vigneault was asked about the Rangers defense and if it will be tough to get Keith Yandle extra ice time when Ryan McDonagh is back.
Vigneault said that when McDonagh is playing like he did before he got hurt then "you gotta give him those 23 to 26 minutes a game."
He said that things depend on how guys are playing, situations on the ice and what kind of team the Rangers are playing against.
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "no longer signaling" the availability of Keith Yandle in a trade before Monday's deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks says that there has been interest in Yandle with much of it coming from the Western Conference. (NY Post)
He says that Dallas has been "dogging the Ranger for weeks" and if the two sides were to work on a deal "perhaps" the Rangers would be able to get Valeri Nichushkin in return. (NY Post)
2/11/16 12:54PM: Larry Brooks writes that it's a "mistake" to infer anything about Ryan McDonagh because the Rangers passed on Christian Ehrhoff. (Brooks)
2/10/16 | 9:30PM: On Keith Yandle, Pierre McGuire said that if the Rangers can get Ryan McDonagh back on the ice then "eventually I think they will trade him." (NBCSN)
8:54PM: During the first intermission of Wednesday's game against the Penguins, Darren Dreger spoke about Ryan McDonagh and his situation. (NBCSN)
4:05PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that he thinks the Rangers are ready to keep Yandle and let him walk as a UFA on July 1. (ESPN)
He said that the cap space gained by losing Yandle as a UFA is a positive for a team like the Rangers. (ESPN)
LeBrun says that the debate for Jeff Gorton would be is if he wants to try and re-set the roster after a few years of "going for it." (ESPN)
Keith Yandle played 25:19, had 5 shots on goal, 4 shot attempts that were blocked, 1 that missed the net, 2 giveaways and 3 blocked shots against the Devils Monday night.
Yandle was the Rangers team leader in ice time and played 8:56 in the first, 8:31 in the second and 7:52 in the third.
With 2:24 left in the third period, and the Rangers up 2-0 and on the PP, Yandle got the puck at the blue line and fired a no-look pass into the middle of the ice that was picked off and led directly to the Devils goal.
2/8/16 | 3:30PM: Byfuglien signed a five-year deal with a cap hit of $7.6 million per season. (Jets)
12:48PM: The status of Keith Yandle and a possible extension with the Rangers is "status quo" which according to Craig Custance means that there have been "no negotiations of any substance." (ESPN Insider)
Custance says that the expectation is that any talks the Rangers have with Yandle would be held after the season if Yandle is still with the team. (ESPN Insider)
Against the Flyers yesterday, Keith Yandle played a season-high 27:33 and scored the game tying goal with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Yandle played 7:36 in the first, 8:04 in the second, 9:53 in the third and 2:00 in OT.
He attempted four shots on goal, 5 shots that were blocked and 4 shots that missed the net.
Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored in a shootout to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Keith Yandle tied it with 12.9 seconds left in regulation and Chris Kreider also scored in regulation for the Rangers, who won consecutive games for just the second time since Nov. 15.
Ryan White scored and Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Flyers, who had won three straight. The Rangers improved to 3-2 in tiereakers this season while Philadelphia dropped to 2-5.
Larry Brooks writes that Ryan McDonagh is the "greatest offensive weapon" the Rangers have had on defense since Brian Leetch and that his strong play is another reason for the team to move Keith Yandle.
Brooks writes that if Yandle's status as a UFA isn't enough of a reason to move him, the increase in production from McDonagh "adds another layer of protection against such a trade." (NY Post)
He says that Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has "no choice" but to replenish the organization with assets and "cannot afford to allow" Yandle to walk as a free agent. (NY Post)
Scott Burnside writes that the assumption is that the Rangers will shop Keith Yandle after giving up a "king's ransom" for him last year at the trade deadline. (ESPN.com)
Burnside said that Yandle hasn't been a good fit and won't be a fit with the Rangers in terms of the salary cap after this season when he can become a UFA. (ESPN.com)
He also thinks that some help up front could be of use to the Rangers and mentions Eric Staal, though he does note it would be hard to see the Rangers go after a rental player at this stage. (ESPN.com)
Larry Brooks says that the Rangers shouldn't have to sell low and accept a low price if they decide to trade Keith Yandle before the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that Chicago sent a first round pick and a young defenseman to Arizona last year to acquire pending UFA Antoine Vermette. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Jeff Gorton may be able to start a bidding war for Yandle out west between teams like Chicago, LA, Dallas, San Jose and Minnesota.(NY Post)
(AP) -- J.T. Miller scored twice in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Ryan McDonagh scored to stretch his scoring streak to four games, and Keith Yandle also had a goal for New York.
Joakim Nordstrom scored for Carolina, and Eddie Lack made 28 saves.
Keith Yandle played a season high of 23:33 last night against the Canucks, had an assist, 0 shots on goal, 3 giveaways and one blocked shot.
Prior to last night's game, Alain Vigneault said that Yandle is one of the Rangers top-six defensemen and that when he is on his game and moving the puck "he is a very good player."
Vigneault added, "I'd like him to be a Ranger and help us win."
Larry Brooks writes that based on how the Rangers deploy Keith Yandle on the ice they can't be "seriously invested" in attempting to keep Yandle from becoming a UFA on July 1. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that Yandle, since being acquired, has been the Rangers number six defenseman and that while his power play abilities were a big reason he was acquired, he remains on the Rangers second unit. (NY Post)
Yandle is sixth on the Rangers in ice time per game at 19:05 but fifth in even strength time per game at 16:47.
4:17PM: Kevin Allen writes that the Rangers need to make a trade and that the "most logical" player to deal would be Keith Yandle. (USA Today)
He thinks that the Rangers could probably land a "good return" and one that would "reduce" the sting of the price they paid to get Yandle. (USA Today)
7:44AM: On Sportsnet lat night, Damien Cox spoke about Keith Yandle and said:
Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters following Rangers practice today and said (NYR):
Keith Yandle said that his name has been talked about before in regards to possible trade deadline deals and that he looks at that as a positive. (NY Post)
He said that he thinks it's a good thing when teams want you but his sole focus is on helping the Rangers win games. (NY Post)
Yandle said that he loves being in New York, loves playing for the Rangers and that "it's a good fit for me." (NY Post)
1/8/15 | 5:45PM: Jeff Gorton said that he has spoken with Keith Yandle's agents but will take the time before the trade deadline to assess what the best options for the Rangers are. (Andrew Gross)
1/5/16 | 10:21AM: Keith Yandle is presumed to be available in trade not because of his performance this season but because he will likely become a UFA on July 1. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that there is "virtually no scenario" where the Rangers will be able to sign Yandle prior to the trade deadline. (NY Post)
12/23 | 4:08PM: Larry Brooks wonders if/when the Rangers will "begin to dangle" Keith Yandle in an attempt to "acquire a critically needed top-six winger" to play with Derek Stepan. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that Yandle's PP time has gone down and that both Chris Summers and Brady Skjei saw more PK time in their brief time with the Rangers than Yandle has all season long. (NY Post)
Craig Custance spoke with some NHL GMs who believe the Rangers would move Yandle "for the right price." (ESPN Insider)
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers third defensive pair of Keith Yandle and Dylan McIlrath have formed the team's "most perfect union" on defense. (NY Post)
Yandle said that what makes the pair work is the "offense-defense" nature of the pair, and that having the more defensive focused on McIlrath on his side has helped his comfort level. (NY Post)
He said that the pairing reminds him of when he was paired with former Ranger Derek Morris with the Coyotes. (NY Post)
12/17: Yandle said that things started to "click" for him during the Rangers/Bruins game the day after Thanksgiving. (NY Post)
12/6: In the past two games, Keith Yandle has 10 shots on goal, 5 shot attempts that were blocked and 3 shot attempts that missed the net.
Yandle told Al Trautwig during the second period against the Avalanche that he is just starting to feel comfortable and that the last few games have "felt pretty good.
Asked about his defensemen yesterday, Alain Vigneault said:
On Dan Boyle, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, Vigneault said that he believes they can "be a lot better than they have shown us. Our transition and our breakouts start with Marc and Dan and Boyler and those guys, we need those guys to handle the puck better, no doubt."
Vigneault said that at this point in the season the injuries that Girardi, Staal and McDonagh had at the end of last year shouldn't be bothering them.
He said that the Rangers defense "will get better" and that if Marc Staal knows to make a better play than he did against Colorado when he forced a pass to Kevin Hayes and it led to a goal against.
Asked about Keith Yandle before the Rangers played Montreal, Alain Vigneault said (NYR):
He added that Yandle plays with "common sense" and will make certain decisions with the puck based upon game situations.
Vigneault said that things are different during tie games or near the end of periods "but there are some other moments where it's time to open it up and maybe take a higher risk play that might be able to pay off and help your team win a game."
In the first period on Thursday, during a 4 on 4, Keith Yandle was all alone in the Rangers end when he fired the puck up the middle of the ice.
The puck was blocked by Valtteri Filppula and then picked up just inside the Rangers blue line by Alex Kilorn.
Kilorn took a few strides towards the middle of the circle before taking a shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist to give Tampa a 1-0 lead.
11/3 | 7:49PM: During his first period chat with Al Trautwig, Keith Yandle talked about the prank that he pulled with Kevin Hayes on his teammates at the Rangers Halloween party last week.
Yandle said, "it was an inside joke. The guys tease me and Hayes about being really big fans of our team and we were making fun of ourselves a bit and dressed up as superfans and tried to get everyone's autographs. The guys were nice enough to give them to us."
He added, "the guys didn't know it was us, we made ourselves not look like us. We went that day and got some make up done, some fake noses, fat suits and just kind of be incognito."
Yandle said that there were a lot of laughs when the players found out. He said that he, his wife and Kevin Hayes waited outside the party the whole two hours but it was worth it to see everyone's face.