Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Matt Jones to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jones, 23, played 45 games with the Coyotes last season, registering 1-6-7 and 39 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-foot, 215-pound defenseman also collected 0-2-2 and 23 PIM in 24 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) last season.
In 2005-06, the Downers Grove, Illinois native played 16 games with the Coyotes, recording 0-2-2 and 14 PIM. Jones also collected 2-11-13 and 46 PIM in 59 games with the Rampage. He was named to the AHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to an injury.
In 61 career NHL games, Jones has registered 1-8-9 and 53 PIM with the Coyotes.
The Coyotes selected Jones in the 3rd round (80th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at the University of North Dakota and helped lead his team to the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four championship game as an assistant captain. In four seasons with North Dakota, Jones collected 16-36-52 and 152 PIM in 162 games.