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KEITH YANDLE REPORTEDLY BLOCKED A THREE-WAY TRADE; OWNERSHIP NOT HAPPY WITH HIS TREATMENT

One of the biggest stories out of the NHL this past week has been the saga of Keith Yandle. After days of speculation that he would be a healthy scratch for the Florida Panthers' first game of the season, ending the longest active iron-man streak in the NHL, Yandle played and scored Sunday night. Now comes word that the 34-year-old defenceman blocked a three-way trade with his no-trade clause.

"The talk is Boston, Islanders, maybe a three-way trade, maybe Yandle ending up with the Boston Bruins," said former player and analyst Nick Kypreos on the podcast Real Kyper at Noon. "I'm sure [the Panthers] would have to eat some money on that but it didn't come to fruition. It appears he stood his ground."

There was some speculation that Panthers GM Bill Zito wanted Yandle scratched in order to get him to waive his NTC to get him out of Florida, but backed off after an outpouring of support for Yandle from fans. Kypreos claims that did not sit well with the team's ownership.

"He was done, he was kicked to the curb, it was over and then in 48 hours that guy goes back on to the first power play," said Kypreos. "Now I am told that this was all ownership driven, that [Zito] needed to come in and address it. My understanding is that Keith Yandle and his agent got an apology from his management team in Florida."

"I don't know where Florida goes from here but I think the owner wasn't pleased with the way it was handled," Kypreos added.

Yandle scored the 100th goal of his career in the Panthers 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night. To be perfectly clear, Yandle's offensive prowess has never been in question. He had 45 points last year in the shortened NHL season, and 62 the year before. His defence, however, is not always where it needs to be. That said, it appears Zito, who's been the Panthers' GM (and a GM in general) for less than four months, may have received a message on how veteran players should be treated.

TIM TUCKER
JANUARY 18, 2021  (14H27)
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