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FORMER NHLER RIPS PANTHERS OVER HANDLING OF KEITH YANDLE, SAYS HE'S BEING DISRESPECTED

By now, it seems a foregone conclusion that Keith Yandle's iron man streak of 866 consecutive games will end when the Florida Panthers begin their season on Sunday. In fact, even the NHL itself has put out an article on it.


Despite still being decent offensively, it seems the 34-year-old defenceman has fallen out of favour with the Panthers over his defensive play, or lack thereof to be more concise. However, at least one person is coming to his defence, former NHL blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo, who ripped the Panthers for the way the situation is being handled.

"It shouldn't matter how many dman [Florida] has, you should never disrespect a veteran like this," Colaiacovo Tweeted. "To play that many games consecutively should be celebrated not taken away. You've immediately lost your room before the season even starts and sets a bad precedence."


Florida head coach Joel Quenneville sees it differently.

"We're looking at a lot of young guys here coming into camp," Quenneville said. "The opportunity for him right now is a little tight right now and tough, but things could change quickly in our business. In the course of a season like this year you never know, you might have to go 10 or 11 deep on the back end. That's where it's at. So it's a situation where his spot, it's not where he wants to be."

While Colaiacovo is just trying to stick up for a fellow defenceman, it's unlikely too many teams would have a player suit up for them simply because he has an iron man streak going when there are better options. No one wants to see Yandle's streak end this way, but life isn't always fair.

Yandle's streak, the longest among active players, is the fourth-longest in NHL history behind Doug Jarvis (964), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884). San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has the next longest consecutive games played streak after Yandle at 854.

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JANUARY 15, 2021  (18H12)
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