Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed right wing/defenseman Craig Weller to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Weller, 26, served as team captain for Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL) while registering 11-6-17 and 96 penalty minutes (PIM) in 56 games last season. The native of Calgary, Alberta helped lead Hartford to a record 47-29-4 and a second place finish in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Weller has spent all five of his professional seasons with Hartford and posted career highs for goals (12), assists (22), and points (34) in 2005-06. He also played 48 games with Charlotte of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2002-03 to split his rookie pro season. For his career, Weller has recorded 38-46-84 and 524 PIM in 291 AHL games.
Prior to his professional career, Weller spent two seasons with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and won the Memorial Cup with the club in 2002. He collected 3-7-10 and 27 PIM in 22 games during the championship run.
Weller was originally selected by St. Louis in the 5th round (167th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.