BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 12: Petteri Nokelainen (R) of Finland and Marius Holtet(L) of Norway battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship quarter final match between Finland and Norway at Orange Arena on May 12, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Coyotes announced today that they have signed rookie center Ethan Werek to an entry level deal. Werek, acquired from the Rangers for Coyotes prospect Oscar Lindberg, should give some depth in the center position which the Coyotes need or at least will have some time to develop further. He was better than a point per game player in 3 seasons with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs.
In addition the Coyotes have apparently signed center Petteri Nokelainen to a one year deal. As many fans might remember Nokelainen was bought out of his contract last offseason when he was making $900,000 a season but according
to his agent RDS reporterter Renaud Lavoie on twitter he's on a one-way deal for $550,000. Nokelainen certainly looked impressive in the World Championships where he scored the game winning goal for Finland in their Championship game against Sweden. He was also significant in other games throughout the tournament showing how his physical style can really help a team.
While it's great to shore up the center depth one also has to wonder if these lower level signings are all we really have to look forward to this offseason. While both players are good additions fans are hoping for a lot more to come. Let's get this team sold eh?
**Correction** It was actually RDS Reporter Renaud Lavoie that tweeted the details of the Nokelainen deal and not his agent.