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THE LATEST ON KEITH YANDLE; COULD THE STREAK REMAIN INTACT?

The noise surrounding the Keith Yandle situation in Florida has been nothing if not constant since GM Bill Zito had announced earlier this week that the Panthers had no intention of including the iron-man defenseman this season.

Now, typically, when a GM announces plans to move on from a 34-year-old blueliner, nobody bats an eyelash, but in this specific case, the move would effectively end Yandle's streak of consecutive games played at 866, just 18 games back from tying Steve Larmer for 3rd on the all-time list, and 99 games back from becoming the all-time record holder at 965 games, surpassing Doug Jarvis' record of 964.

The most mind-boggling part of the whole ordeal is how productive Yandle has been during his time in Sunrise over his past four seasons. In 315 games with the Panthers, Yandle has amassed 204 points and has not produced less than 41 points in any season over that span.

Well, it appears as though the bad PR has caught up with the Panthers, as Yandle is on the ice with the main group on Saturday, per Panthers beat writer George Richards.



This does not necessarily preclude the possibility of Yandle being moved or sitting out, but if appearances are anything, it looks as though Yandle's streak may remain intact, at least for the time being.

The Panthers open their season on Sunday, playing host to the Chicago Blackhawks.

MIKE ARMENTI
JANUARY 16, 2021  (11H17)
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