Yandle did not waive NMC, Panthers will protect him

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Keith Yandle did not waive his no-movement clause, so he must be protected in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers, according to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.

It was reported a few days ago that Yandle may be asked to waive. But the Panthers said yesterday, per George Richards of the Miami Herald, that they hadn’t asked him, nor did they intend to ask him.

Yandle only signed with Florida last summer. The 30-year-old offensive defenseman still has six years left on his $44.45 million deal.

The Panthers will also protect d-man Aaron Ekblad in the expansion draft. Assuming they use the 7-3-1 format, that would only leave one spot to protect Jason Demers, Alex Petrovic, or Mark Pysyk.