The Florida Panthers have bought out the 34-year-old defenseman, who has two years left on his contract with an immobility clause.
With Yandle carrying a cap of $ 6.35 million, the buyout will save the Panthers $ 4 million this season, but only $ 958,333 in 2022-23. It will also add a charge of $ 1.24 million for each of the following two years.
“We would like to sincerely thank Keith for all he has contributed to the Florida Panthers organization and the South Florida community over the past five seasons,” said Panthers general manager Bill Zito. “While a decision like this is never easy to make, we believe this change is necessary as we look to the 2021-22 season and the future of our club. “
Also on Thursday, the Panthers were granted a three-year extension of $ 7.98 million with the restricted free agent defenseman. Gustave Forsling, according to Pierre LeBrun, TSN Hockey insider.
Yandle has scored three goals and registered 27 points in 56 games this season, adding two assists in three playoff games. He has spent the last five seasons with the Panthers, having signed a seven-year, $ 44.45 million contract with the team in 2016.
A fourth-round pick for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2005, Yandle currently has the longest active Ironman streak and sits second all-time with 922 straight games played. He could surpass Doug Jarvis’ record of 964 straight games played next season.
In 1,032 career games, Yandle has totaled 102 goals and 600 points.