After days of speculation on whether or not Keith Yandle would be active for the Florida Panthers season opener tonight, we have an answer. Coach Joel Quenneville announced today that Yandle will be in the lineup when the Panthers host the Chicago Blackhawks.
Yandle currently holds the NHL’s longest active “Ironman” streak, with 866 consecutive games played. This is good for the 4th longest streak in NHL history. He trails Steve Larmer for 3rd most of all time by 18 games.
His current ironman streak began on March 26th, 2009, when he was a member of the then Phoenix Coyotes.
Yandle, 34, tallied 45 points in 69 games played last season for the Panthers. He was a crucial part of the team’s powerplay, which made rumors that he’d fallen out of the team’s plans even more interesting.
Keith Yandle is currently entering the 5th year of his deal with the Florida Panthers. The deal has 3 years remaining with an AAV of $6.35 million. Yandle’s current deal also has a NMC attached, making it harder for the team to make a move involving him.
Florida’s first two games of the season scheduled against the Dallas Stars were postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests within the Stars organization.