Keith Yandle had planned to go to July 1 and see where he stacked up in the unrestricted free agent market. It was going to be tough for the salary cap strapped New York Rangers to re-sign him and Yandle was curious to find out which teams wanted his services. Then at the beginning of this week the Florida Panthers swooped in and acquired his negotiating rights and Yandle’s outlook changed.
Earlier, we passed along a report from Swiss newspaper Le Matin about Nathan Gerbe signing with Swiss National League A side Geneve-Servette. Now, Gerbe’s camp is refuting the report: Gerbe, 28, has spent the last three seasons in Carolina, but only appeared in 47 games last year due to a high ankle sprain that cost him considerable time. He just wrapped the last of a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the ‘Canes, one that carried a $1.75M average annual cap hit. He’s set to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.