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Coyotes sign Vitale, Dubnyk

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 9:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Coyotes sign Vitale, Dubnyk
The Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday signed center Joe Vitale to a three-year contract and goaltender Devan Dubnyk to a one-year contract

The Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday signed center Joe Vitale to a three-year contract and goaltender Devan Dubnyk to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but azcentral.com reported that Vitale's deal is worth approximately $3.35 million and Dubnyk signed for $800,000.

Vitale, 28, had one goal, 14 points and 29 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He won 62.5 percent of his faceoffs and had 89 hits.

Vitale has eight goals and 27 assists in 163 games during parts of four NHL seasons, all with the Penguins.

"We are very pleased to sign Joe to a multiyear contract," general manager Don Maloney said. "Joe is a character player who has many details in his game that we covet. He is quick, plays hard, is excellent in the faceoff circle, and will help improve our penalty-killing units."

Dubnyk, 28, was with three organizations last season. He began with the Edmonton Oilers, was traded to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 15 and to the Montreal Canadiens on March 5. He finished the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Dubnyk was 11-17-2 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 32 games with the Oilers. He allowed nine goals on 60 shots in two games for the Predators and did not play an NHL game for the Canadiens.

"We are very pleased to welcome Devan to our organization," Maloney said. "Devan is goaltender with great size, skill and experience. We are confident that he can continue to develop under the guidance of (goaltending coach) Sean Burke."

Dubnyk was the 14th pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Oilers. He had a career-high 20 wins during the 2011-12 season and had his best GAA (2.57) and save percentage (.920) the following season.

Dubnyk has played in 173 NHL games, with a 61-77-22 record, a 2.90 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

The Coyotes also signed defenseman Dylan Reese, who has 77 games of NHL experience and spent the 2013-14 season in the Kontinental Hockey League, defenseman Andrew Campbell, forwards Alex Bolduc and Justin Hodgman, and goaltender Mike McKenna to one-year, two-way contracts.

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