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Phoenix Coyotes add 2 defencemen, forward on 1-year free agent contracts

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 9:08 PM / News

The Canadian Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defencemen Nathan Oystrick and Dean Arsene, along with forward Matt Watkins, to one-year contracts.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Oystrick has played 65 career NHL games with three teams after being a seventh-round draft pick by Atlanta in 2002. He had a goal and two assists with St. Louis last season.

Arsene spent last season with Peoria of the AHL and played 13 games with Edmonton in 2009-10 without registering a point.

A fifth-round pick by Dallas in 2005, Watkins played for San Antonio of the AHL last season, scoring 15 goals.

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