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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Monday, March 29, 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed forward Paul Bissonnette to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Paul to a new contract,” said Maloney. “He is a tough, hard-working player who has contributed to our team in a variety of ways this season.”

Bissonnette, 25, has appeared in 40 games with the Coyotes this season, recording 3-2-5 and a team-leading 112 penalty minutes (PIM). He has set career-highs in goals, assists, points, PIM and games played this season, his second in the NHL and first with the Coyotes.

Last season, Bissonnette appeared in 15 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, recording one assist and 22 PIM. He also played in 57 games for Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, where he registered 9-7-16 and a team-leading 176 PIM.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bissonnette has appeared in 161 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre, collecting 13-17-30 and 387 PIM. He has also played in 101 career ECHL games with Wheeling and has recorded 16-53-69 and 162 PIM. Prior to his professional career, Bissonnette, a native of Welland, Ontario, played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with Saginaw and Owen Sound.

Bissonnette, who was claimed off waivers by the Coyotes on Sept. 30, 2009, was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
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