Keith Yandle opts to stay in Phoenix, signs mega-deal with Yotes
Despite the lure big bucks in free agency market, Keith Yandle decided to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes, inking a five-year contract worth $26.25 million. Last season, he tallied 11 goals and posted career highs in assists (48) and points (59) while playing all 82 regular-season games.
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Despite the lure big bucks in free agency market, Keith Yandle decided to stay in the desert and help lead the rebuilding Phoenix Coyotes, who re-signed the restricted free-agent defenseman to a five-year contract Tuesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but it was reported that the mega-deal with the 24-year-old Boston native who has emerged into one of the leagues top young blueliners, is worth $26.25 million.
Last season Yandle tallied 11 goals and career highs in assists (48) and points (59) while playing all 82 regular-season contests with the Coyotes. He also led Phoenix with 26 power-play points.
His total points last year were good for third best among all NHL blue-liners.
Though Yandle, recognized for his efforts with his first NHL All-Star last season, has developed into one of the leagues best offensive defenseman, he is expected to raise the bar in his defensive game for the upcoming campaign.
Yandle could receive an expanded role in Phoenixs killing penalties as his further hone his defensive skills.
With the departure of Ed Jovanovski, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Yandle, who led the Coyotes in ice time with 24.22 minutes per game, could be expected to log in more ice time.
In his five-year NHL career, all with the Coyotes, Yandle has recorded 32 goals and 144 points with 172 penalty minutes in 283 contests.
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