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Coyotes sign Petteri Nokelainen to 1-year contract

Friday, 05.20.2011 / 5:31 PM / News

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed free-agent center Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal weren't released Friday.

It's Nokelainen's second stint with Phoenix. He had one goal and one assist in 17 games with the Coyotes in 2009-10 after being acquired from Anaheim.

Nokelainen played last season for Jokerit Helsinki in his native Finland.

He was a first-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2004. Nokelainen has 17 goals and 17 assists in 189 career NHL games with the Islanders, Bruins, Ducks and Coyotes.

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