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Coyotes sign Hanzal to five-year extension

by Adam Kimelman
The Phoenix Coyotes signed center Martin Hanzal to a five-year contract extension Thursday. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but Sportsnet valued the deal at $15.1 million, for an average annual value of $3.02 million per season.

"We are very pleased to sign Martin to a five-year contract extension," said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. "Martin is a big, strong, skilled center and a core member of our team. He contributes at both ends of the ice and we are confident he will continue to improve to become one of the NHL's best two-way centers."

Hanzal, 24, scored a career-best 16 goals last season, and also had 10 assists and a plus-4 rating in 61 games. He was third on the team with 7 power-play goals and 5 game-winning goals.

Heading into his fifth season, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound center has 46 goals and 125 points in 288 NHL games, all with the Coyotes, who selected him with the 17th pick of the 2005 Entry Draft.

Hanzal is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed in September 2010. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the season.

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