Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed free agent center Joey Tenute and left wing John DiSalvatore to one-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Tenute played 68 games this past season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and collected 28-39-67 and 58 penalty minutes (PIM). He also led his team in assists (39) and ranked tied for 19th in the AHL in points (67). Tenute, 24, made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals on Feb. 7, 2006.
Tenute had a great junior career with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), tallying 95-176-271 points in 253 games over four seasons from 2000-01 through 2003-04.
The Hamilton, Ontario native was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 8th round (261st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound DiSalvatore recorded 21-39-60 and 50 PIM in 76 games with the Peoria Rivermen (AHL) this past season. The 26-year-old also ranked tied for 2nd on his team in assists (39) and points (60). In four AHL seasons with Cleveland, Worcester and Peoria, DiSalvatore registered 87-131-218 and 165 PIM in 301 games.
DiSalvatore was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 4th round (104th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.