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Coyotes re-sign Upshall to one-year contract

Wednesday, 06.09.2010 / 7:48 PM / News

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Coyotes re-sign Upshall to one-year contract
Phoenix General Manager Don Maloney announced Wednesday that the Coyotes have re-signed left wing Scottie Upshall to a one-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Upshall, 26, scored 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points with 50 penalty minutes in 49 games for the Coyotes this past season before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 28.  His 18 goals were tops on the team at the time of his injury and represented a personal career-high for goals in a single season. 

"We are very pleased to have re-signed Scottie," Maloney said. "Scottie is a talented goal scorer who plays with tremendous grit and energy. He is an important player for us and led our team in goals before being injured last season. He is now healthy and we expect him to have a very successful season."

Upshall began the 2008-09 season with Philadelphia before being traded to the Coyotes on March 4, 2009 along with a second-round draft choice in the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for Daniel Carcillo. In 19 games with Phoenix, Upshall had 8 goals and 13 points, along with 26 PIM. He finished 2008-09 with 15 goals and 34 in 74 games, setting a career-high in points. 

In 279 career NHL games with Nashville, Philadelphia and the Coyotes, Upshall has 64 goals and 74 assists for 138 points with 273 PIM. Upshall was originally drafted by Nashville in the first round (No. 6) of the 2002 Entry Draft.

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