Reports: Flyers signing defenseman Keith Yandle to 1-year deal

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Apr 27, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (3) attempts a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers are signing free agent defenseman Keith Yandle to a one-year, $900,000 contract, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The Athletic reported the deal includes a no-trade clause for the 34-year-old veteran, whose contract was bought out by the Florida Panthers earlier this month.

Keith Yandle reuniting with old coach

Yandle previously played for Flyers coach Alain Vigneault with the New York Rangers during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Philadelphia forward Kevin Hayes was also a member of those Rangers teams.

Yandle owns the NHL’s longest active ironman streak, having played in 922 consecutive regular season games since March 2009. He is 42 games shy of the NHL record of 964 set by Doug Jarvis from 1975-87.

Yandle tallied three goals and 24 assists in 56 games during the 2021-22 regular season.

The three-time All-Star has 600 points (102 goals, 498 assists) and 602 penalty minutes in 1,032 career games with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, Rangers and Panthers. The Coyotes drafted him in the fourth round in 2005.

Panthers buyout Keith Yandle

“We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Keith for all that he’s contributed to the Florida Panthers organization and to the South Florida community over the past five seasons,” general manager Bill Zito said in a news release. “While a decision of this kind is never an easy one to make, we believe that this shift is necessary as we look towards the 2021-22 season and our club’s future.”

Yandle carried a salary cap hit of $6.35 million for the next two seasons with Florida. Per multiple reports, the buyout saved the Panthers $4 million against the cap in 2021-22 and just under $1 million in 2022-23. It will add a charge of $1.24 million in 2023-24 and 2024-25.

–Field Level Media