The Phoenix Coyotes have invited free-agent center Kyle Wellwood to attend training camp on a tryout basis according to the team's website. Wellwood, 27, has played 338 NHL games (for Toronto and Vancouver) and has notched 63 goals and 97 assists.
"He's a clever, creative player who's a little bit intriguing," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "We were weak on the power play last year and he's a smart player who could help us there so we'll give him every opportunity to come in here and win a job."
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday