July 5, 2011

Milton's Yandle signs big pact with Coyotes

Keith Yandle (photo: Getty)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney announced Tuesday that the Coyotes have signed All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle (Milton, Mass.) to a five-year contract. The contract is reportedly worth $26.25 million.

"Keith is an elite player and one of the game's best young defenseman," said Maloney. "He is an important part of our future and we are thrilled to sign him to a long-term contract."

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Yandle finished second on the Coyotes in scoring and ranked third among all NHL defensemen with 11-48-59 in 82 games. Yandle represented the Coyotes at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C.

In addition, Yandle led the Coyotes in average time on ice (24:22) and tied for the team lead in power-play points (26). His 24 power-play assists ranked sixth best in the NHL among defensemen and his 26 power-play points were eighth best. He also finished second on the team in penalty minutes (68), third in plus/minus (plus-12) and third in shots (199).

In five NHL seasons, the 24-year-old native has recorded 32-112-144 and 172 penalty minutes in 283 NHL games.

Yandle was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.