Flyers’ Keith Yandle probably played the last game of a memorable career

Keith Yandle, the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman who set an NHL Iron Man record this season — 989 consecutive games — likely played the last time of his memorable career on Friday.

Yandle was unavailable after the Flyers abandoned their season finale in Ottawa, 4-2. He will address the media on Saturday.

After the game, Yandle was congratulated by the Senators near their bench.

Yandle, 35, a three-time All-Star, has had a tough season. He scored just one goal and 19 points – the lowest total of his career for a full season – and finished with the league’s worst minus-47.

But he added professionalism to the dressing room and was adored by his teammates.

“Until the end, he did everything he could for his teammates,” Philadelphia Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said. “We had him read the starting lineup tonight (in the locker room), and the guys were fired up and got off to a good start. I don’t know if I’ve been around another player who is loved by his teammates like Keith is. And obviously there’s the streak, which was amazing to be part of. We are all very grateful to have been a part of this.

Stopped series

Yandle was benched April 2 against Toronto; it was the first game he missed in over 13 years, dating back to March 22, 2009, when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes.

“The end of the streak was very difficult,” Yeo said. “I can tell you for myself, obviously being very involved in this situation, I have a lot of respect for the way Keith handled it. He was a great professional. He continued to treat me and everyone else with great respect, and continued to work and do his job, so I think that says a lot about who he is.

Veteran left-winger James van Riemsdyk, who led the Flyers with 24 goals this season, moved closer to Yandle in the defender’s only season in Philadelphia.

“He’s been amazing as a guy to be around,” van Riemsdyk said. “I even remember my first year in the league, I didn’t really know him, but I played at the same college (New Hampshire) as his brother. Keith was actually supposed to be at UNH when I was there so I remember my freshman year (in the NHL) he kind of welcomed me into the league and made a real funny joke on the ice, and I’ve never even had to meet him before.

Van Riemsdyk added: “Every time I’ve come across him since then he’s always been a class act and a great guy, and now getting the chance to play with him and sit next to him in the game. plane, I consider him a great friend — and one of the best teammates I’ve ever had the chance to play with. I can’t say enough good things about him and what he’s done over the of her career.

Yandle, a Boston native who lived with Kevin Hayes this season, also played with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Florida Panthers during his 16-year career.

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