All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle is staying in the desert under a new long-term contract. Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney confirmed in a text message to NHL.com's E.J. Hradek that Yandle signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract.
Yandle, who was a restricted free agent, is coming off the best season of his four-year NHL career in Phoenix. He played in all 82 games and contributed 11 goals and 48 assists for 59 points, third most among defensemen. He also had a plus-12 rating. Twenty-six of his points came on the power play.
Yandle hasn't missed a game since the 2008-09 season. He had 41 points in 2009-10 and 30 points over 68 games in 2007-08. He has 32 goals and 112 assists for 144 points over 283 games since debuting with the Coyotes in October of 2006, when he played seven games before being sent back to the AHL for the rest of the season.