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)
3/16/16 | 9:28AM: Jeff Gorton told Dan Rosen of NHL.com that he hasn't spoken with Keith Yandle's agent "in a while." (NHL.com)
Gorton said that Yandle loves being with the Rangers and the Rangers love having him but "if you look at our salary cap, we have a lot of issues we're going to need to work out, like a lot of teams." (NHL.com)
Asked about Brady Skjei, Gorton said that Skjei looks like he is on the "cusp" of being an NHLer and that will "help our decision." (NHL.com)
He added that you need good players that don't make a lot of money to come up through your system. (NHL.com)
If the Rangers were to replace Skjei with Yandle they would save $1.7 million in cap space.
Adam Rotter: If there was a way to keep Keith Yandle, I think the Rangers would try to do it but in this salary cap world and with Marc Staal signed long-term and with a no-move on the left side, that seems tough.
The Rangers third pair next season is very likely going to be Brady Skjei and Dylan McIlrath who will have a combined cap hit that is probably less than Keith Yandle's current cap hit.