The Florida Panthers gamble paid off. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted that the Panthers and defenseman Keith Yandle have agreed to a 7-Year, $44.45MM deal. The cap hit, as reported by LeBrun, would be $6.35MM. Chris Johnston notes that the contract included a non movement clause for the first six years of the deal. Craig Custance tweeted that it’s a modified no trade clause in the seventh and final year of the contract. Sun Sentinel reporter Harvey Fialkov tweeted that both sides were keen on a getting a deal done.
The deal was first reported by LeBrun just after 11pm. The Rangers dealt Yandle’s rights away on Monday, snagging the Panthers’ 2016 6th round pick (174th overall) and 4th round pick in 2017.
Yandle is coming off his best season statistically since 2013-2014. Last season, the 29-year-old defenseman had 47 points (5-42) in 82 games. PHR ranked Yandle as the 4th best free agent on the market and pegged him to receive a 6-year, $41.4MM deal from the Panthers.