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COYOTES SIGN KOLANOS AND TAFFE

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that centers Krystofer Kolanos and Jeff Taffe have accepted their qualifying offers and have each been signed to one-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

In 2003-04, the 6-foot-3, 206-pound Kolanos played 41 games with the Coyotes, recording 4-6-10 and 24 penalty minutes. Kolanos averaged 13:31 minutes of ice time per game. He also played 32 games for the Springfield Falcons (AHL), collecting 10-11-21 and 38 penalty minutes.

The 24-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (19th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Taffe played 27 games with the Utah Grizzlies (AHL) in 2004-05, registering 9-10-19 and 35 penalty minutes before suffering a fractured orbital bone that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In his rookie season in the NHL (2003-04), Taffe played 59 games with the Coyotes, collecting 8-10-18 and 20 penalty minutes. Taffe finished tied for 6th in the NHL in rookie power play goals (5).

The 24-year-old native of Hastings, Minnesota was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft. Taffe was acquired by the Coyotes from St. Louis along with Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy and a 1st round choice in the 2002 Entry Draft for Keith Tkachuk, on March 13, 2001.

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