another day; Another buy.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman, the Florida Panthers intend to buy the remaining two years of the defender, Keith Yandel’s contract, which has an average annual value of $6.35 million. With Yandle’s no-move clause in place, a veteran blueliner will have to clear concessions before the transaction becomes official, although all indications are that this is nothing more than a formality.
As a result, Yandle will now count against the Panthers cap for the next four seasons, forcing the team to absorb a total of $10,216,668 during that period in the form of $2,341,667 in the first year, and $5,391,667 in the year second, and $1,241,667 in the three years. and four.
As such, another well-known defender is poised to hit the free-agent market.
That’s not entirely a surprising result for Yandle, who will turn 35 before next season. Although the role has diminished in recent years, the veteran’s offensive production has never been the problem, with Yandel putting together an impressive 27 points for the Panthers in the shortened 2021 pandemic campaign while fitting in for all 56 Florida games.
In fact, Yandel removed only two seasons from his career best 62 points in 82 games in 2018-2019, proving to some extent that he still holds value if published correctly. However, a man of defense, as the name suggests, must also be able to defend. And Yandle’s defensive impact hasn’t kept pace with the rest of the game, undergoing a particularly steep decline in recent years as evidenced by his rapid drop in icy time that dropped to just 17:15 last season, its lowest since 2008-2009.
Despite holding the second longest railroad track in NHL history with 922 consecutive regular games played, the Panthers reportedly did not value Yandel’s defense so much in 2021 that they threatened to scratch it on numerous occasions, eventually doing so for three of the team’s six games. In the first round of the playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The harsh truth is that the writing has been on the wall for quite some time.
Once Yandle is officially out of the books, the Panthers will get an additional $4,008,333 in the off-season cover space. That should help find deals for pending agents like Sam Bennett, Anthony Duclair and Lucas Wallmark.
Fasten seat belts. The summer frenzy has just begun.