Keith Yandle is a UFA next summer when his five-year, $26,250,000 deal expires.
Yandle's cap hit for the Rangers this season is $2.625 since Phoenix is retaining half of his salary.
His total cap hit is $5.25 million and his total salary for this season is $5.75 million.
Andrew Gross writes that Yandle will be a "likely departure" next summer due to his expiring contract and the fact that he only fits with the Rangers now because Phoenix is taking half of his money. (North Jersey)
Adam Rotter: When it comes to Yandle there are so many factors involved: There is the salary cap situation the Rangers will be in, his asking price, Brady Skjei's development as a cheaper replacement on the left side, whether after the season Yandle, McDonagh or Staal would move to the right side full-time to allow Skjei in, Dylan McIlrath's future and whether he can replace Dan Boyle on the right side, how Yandle performs this season, whether he can fix the PP, etc, etc, etc.
It's going to be a story throughout the season and the thought from most people will be that they won't re-sign Yandle due to cap issues, but if he proves to be the long lost cure for the power play how could they let him go? And if they know they aren't going to sign him will they look to trade him at the deadline to get some value back or just stay in the moment and keep him for what we hope is another long playoff run? There are so many different factors at play and the Rangers need to look at all of them because it's hard to think they would be okay with letting Yandle walk for nothing after what what they gave up to get him.