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Panthers give big contract to Yandle

The Panthers signed Keith Yandle, a defenseman and impending free agent, to a seven-year deal on Thursday worth $44.5 million.

The Panthers had traded a sixth-round pick in this week's NHL draft to the Rangers for the rights to negotiate with Yandle before free agency opens, and they will also send a 2017 fourth-round pick to New York as a result of the deal being consummated.

Yandle has a no-move clause for the first six years of the deal.

Florida also sent forward Rocco Grimaldi to Colorado for backup goalie Reto Berra.

Draft doings: Auston Matthews will have to wait along with everyone else to learn if the Maple Leafs select him with the first pick in the draft. Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello said he will keep everyone guessing — including the Arizona-born 18-year-old — until tonight. "I think we know who we're going to pick," Lamoriello said. "No dissension." Matthews, who played professionally in Switzerland last season, is ranked first by NHL Central Scouting.

Flyers: The team signed Czech defenseman Radko Gudas, a former member of the Lightning, to a multiyear contract extension.

Penguins: Center Evgeni Malkin won't need surgery for his injured left elbow, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Malkin, who initially sustained the unspecified injury March 11, will rehab and is not expected to miss any playing time, the team said.

Predators: Part owner David Freeman is suing the team and chairman Tom Cigarran, saying they breached fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to him after he helped keep the franchise in Nashville, the Tennessean reported.

Panthers give big contract to Yandle 06/23/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:14pm]
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