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Goligoski agrees to contract with Coyotes: report

Arizona signs defenseman for five years after acquiring rights from Stars @NHLdotcom

The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year contract on Tuesday, according to Sportsnet.

Elliotte Friedman reported the average annual value on Goligoski's contract will be just below $5.5 million. Goligoski could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Goligoski, 30, had five goals, 32 assists and a plus-21 rating in 82 games for the Dallas Stars this season. He had seven points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Stars traded Goligoski's rights to Arizona for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft last Thursday. In nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Stars, Goligoski has 55 goals and 277 points in 562 games. He helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

"I had a good discussion with him and I know [coach Dave Tippett] did as well," Arizona general manager John Chayka told the Coyotes website last week. "We both came away thinking that he's a great person to go along with being a great player, and that he was genuinely interested and seemingly excited about the potential opportunity."

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