The Phoenix Coyotes added depth up front by signing forward Brandon Yip to a one-year, two-way contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
Yip spent the 2012-13 season with the Nashville Predators, scoring three goals and finishing with eight points and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games. He has 29 goals, 56 points and 130 penalty minutes in 172 NHL games with the Predators and Colorado Avalanche.
Yip was selected by Colorado in the eighth round (No. 239) of the 2004 NHL Draft. He turned pro in the fall of 2009 after helping Boston University win the NCAA championship in April of that year.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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