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Coyotes re-sign Pyatt to two-year contract

Monday, 06.21.2010 / 5:39 PM / 2010 Offseason News

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Coyotes re-sign Pyatt to two-year contract
Left wing Taylor Pyatt has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, the terms of which were not disclosed.
Left wing Taylor Pyatt has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Pyatt, 28, recorded 12 goals and 23 points with 39 penalty minutes and a career-high plus-13 rating in 74 games with the Coyotes last season, his first with the team.  He also collected a goal and an assist while playing in all seven of the Coyotes' postseason games.
 
In 2008-09, Pyatt registered 10-9-19 and 43 PIM in 69 games with the Vancouver Canucks while also appearing in four playoff games. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Pyatt has registered 103-111-214 and 354 PIM in 606 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Coyotes. He has also collected 3-10-13 in 37 career postseason contests.
 
Pyatt scored a career-high 23 goals and 37 points for Vancouver during the 2006-07 campaign.  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. 
 
Pyatt was originally selected by the Islanders with the eight pick in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.  He signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on Sept. 2, 2009.
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