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Coyotes sign Taylor Pyatt to a one-year contract

Wednesday, 09.02.2009 / 6:48 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Taylor Pyatt to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pyatt, 28, recorded 10-9-19 and 43 penalty minutes (PIM) in 69 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season while also appearing in four playoff games for the Canucks. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Pyatt has registered 91-100-191 and 315 PIM in 532 career NHL games with Vancouver, Buffalo and the New York Islanders. He has also collected 2-9-11 in 30 career postseason contests.

In 2006-07, Pyatt scored a career-high 23 goals and 37 points for Vancouver. He equaled his career high of 37 points the following season with the Canucks by collecting 16-21-37. In three seasons with Vancouver, he tallied 49-44-93 and 145 PIM in 224 games.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Pyatt began his career with the New York Islanders where he spent one season (2000-01) before joining the Sabres. After recording 38-42-80 and 131 PIM in 230 games with the Sabres over four seasons (2001-06), Pyatt was traded to Vancouver.

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