Keith Yandle signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old defenseman had the final two seasons of his seven-year contract bought out by the Florida Panthers on July 15.
“Once I became a free agent the first team that I looked at was the Philadelphia Flyers,” Yandle said. “Obviously, having ‘AV’ [coach Alain Vigneault] before and playing with Kevin Hayes helped my decision. What [general manager] Chuck [Fletcher] has done this offseason bringing in guys and putting the team in a place where it gives us the opportunity to succeed is a big thing for me. I know for me, all I want to do is win and coming to the Flyers gives me the best chance for that.”
Yandle played for Vigneault and was teammates with Hayes during his two seasons with the New York Rangers (2014-16).
Yandle has played 922 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak in NHL history behind Doug Jarvis (964). He scored 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 56 games last season and had two assists in three Stanley Cup Playoff games. Yandle played his 1,000th NHL game March 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
He missed his first game since March 22, 2009, with the Arizona Coyotes, when Florida made him a healthy scratch for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending his streak of 979 regular-season and playoff games, two behind Coyotes forward Phil Kessel for the longest in NHL history.
Yandle has scored 600 points (102 goals, 498 assists) in 1,032 regular-season games for the Coyotes, Rangers and Panthers since entering the NHL in 2006-07, and 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 58 playoff games.
“We are excited to add Keith to our team,” Fletcher said. “He is an established veteran defenseman who excels moving the puck and playing on the power play. He is a true professional who comes ready to play every night.”
The Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis in a trade with the Nashville Predators on July 16, and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres on July 23.