Coyotes Sign Center Eric Belanger to One Year Deal

MONTREAL- APRIL 19: Eric Belanger #18 of the Washington Capitals passes the puck through the legs of Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 19, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Coyotes increased the depth at the Center position today as they signed Eric Belanger to a One-Year, $750,000 deal today. Belanger is now playing with his 6th team in his soon to be 10th NHL season. 

Belanger is a career 3rd or 4th liner, but at his low salary it allows for the option to push him to the side should Kyle Turris prove to actually be NHL ready. Also now I hopefully don't have to watch Andrew Ebbett play. Either that or Wolski can move back to wing instead of playing in the middle.

The Center depth chart now looks like Wolski, Hanzal, Fiddler, Belanger, Ebbett and Turris. Could be a heck of a lot worse.

Statacularness:

 Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct  
 2000-01 LA 62 9 12 21 14 16 1 1 2 0 1 80 .113  
 2001-02 LA 53 8 16 24 2 21 2 6 1 0 1 67 .119  
 2002-03 LA 62 16 19 35 -5 26 0 4 3 0 1 114 .140  
 2003-04 LA 81 13 20 33 -16 44 0 3 1 1 2 132 .098  
 2005-06 LA 65 17 20 37 -5 62 5 2 0 1 1 119 .143  
 2006-07 CAR 56 8 12 20 -2 14 3 2 0 0 1 100 .080  
 2006-07 ATL 24 9 6 15 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 49 .184  
 2007-08 MIN 75 13 24 37 -6 30 7 7 1 0 3 115 .113  
 2008-09 MIN 79 13 23 36 -5 26 4 9 0 2 4 147 .088  
 2009-10 MIN 60 13 22 35 -1 28 3 6 0 0 3 120 .108  
 2009-10 WAS 17 2 4 6 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 31 .065  
 Career   634 121 178 299 -21 283 26 40 8 4 17 1074 .113

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