According to Keith Yandle, the decision to sign with the Florida Panthers for the next six years went beyond the $44.45 million he’ll be paid. “I learned how much the ownership wants to win,” the 29-year-old defenseman said this morning about his negotiations with the club. “You feel like it’s an all-in organization.” That’s not something that’s been said very often about the Panthers, a franchise that many saw — and some still see — as a prime relocation candidate. But with new ownership, a new deal with the county, and a young team on the rise, things really do seem different now. “We’re thrilled,” co-owner Doug Cifu told the Miami Herald. “[The Yandle signing] shows that top players want to
Marc-Andre Fleury would have meant trading a first-rounder. The Calgary Flames traded a second-round pick, No. 35 overall and a conditional third-rounder in 2018, to the St. Louis Blues for Elliott. Elliott, 31, has one more year on his contract with a paltry $2.5 million cap hit before he goes UFA.