keith yandleThe NHL record-setter for consecutive games played last season announced his retirement on Tuesday after 16 seasons.
“Last year it’s one of those things I was thinking about,” Yandle said on the “Spittin’ Chickenlets” podcast. “When all you know in your life is to finish it, end it, it’s nerve-wracking. You’re worried about what you’re going to do. Especially at this time of year, you’re training ready for camp
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been comfortable with it. Really enjoyed spending time with family. … I think for me, I’m really comfortable with it and looking forward to the next chapter. “
His playing streak reached 989 games. It ended when the oiler was scratched against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 2.
Flyers coach Mike Yeo said that day, “My only hope is that he recognizes just how amazing what he has done.” “Sure, it’s disappointing for him, no question. But not many people can say that he has done something that no one has ever done in the history of the NHL. And so either way it is. Doesn’t diminish what he has achieved. It is remarkable and certainly a matter of great pride.”
The 36-year-old defenseman had 19 points (one goal, 18 assists) in 77 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.
Yandle said he spoke to several of his former teammates, including Rick Nash, Shane Donne and Roberto Luongo, for advice on making his decision.
“People seem to be really comfortable with it these days,” Yandal said. “We’ve been lucky enough that we’ve made enough money that we’re not too worried about it. I think … the mental aspect of it, finding your way in life and what you’re going to do. To me, it’s Focusing on the next chapter, Being a Good Family Man. I think most people have told me that once you know, your body tells you it’s time to shut it down, The time has come. For me, this summer I have no interest in working. That’s it, it’s not worth fighting for, trying to grind it out another year. I’m more relaxed.”
Yandal played his record 965th consecutive game on January 25 for the New York Islanders. Doug Jarvis set a straight record of 964.
“It’s a love for the game and having fun,” Yandle said then. “At the end of the day, we’re playing a game we all dream of playing when we grow up.”
Vegas Golden Knights Forward Phil Caselo With 982 matches played in a row, it is second only to Yandel.
Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (number 105) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Yandle had 619 points (103 goals, 516 assists) in 1,109 games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Pants and Flyers. He also had 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 58 Stanley Cup playoff games.
He signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Flyers on July 28, 2021, two weeks after the Panthers bought the final two seasons of his seven-year contract.
Yandle scored at least 10 goals four times in a season and played in the NHL All-Star Game three times (2011, 2012, 2019). As much as he was on the ice, Yandel was cited by many teammates for his energy, work ethic, and the work he brought to the dressing room.
“He’s one of those teammates you’ll always remember,” Flyers Forward joel farabiq Told. “I don’t think there are enough good things to say about him. … He’s the down to earth, nice guy who loves the sport so much.
“Having the honor of playing a season with him is something I will remember. He is one of the best people to have done so and I wish him the best of luck in whatever happens in his career post-life.”
hub Kevin Hayeswho played with Yandel in New York and Philadelphia, said, “He’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever played with. He’s a grounded man who understands what hard work is and he’s more on the ice. There’s a compatible person outside. You know exactly what you’re going to get from him.”
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