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Coyotes lock up Yandle for next 5 years

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 6:51 PM / News

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle to a five-year deal, locking up one of their top offseason priorities.

Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not released, but a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press that it was worth just over $26 million.

Yandle, 24, has developed into one of the NHL's top defensemen in five seasons with Phoenix, a superb two-way player who was third among all blue-liners with 59 points in 82 games last season. The Boston native had 11 goals, led the Coyotes with 26 power-play points and was the team's lone representative at the All-Star game.

A restricted free agent, Yandle has 32 goals and 112 assists in 283 career games.

Also Tuesday, left winger Lauri Korpikoski filed for arbitration.

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