The Phoenix Coyotes made a minor move in signing Brandon Yip to a one year deal earlier this morning. Yip spent the last season and a half with the Nashville Predators, but before that he was drafted in the 8th Round by the Colorado Avalanche, where he played for two and half years.
Yip started out his professional career in promising fashion; he scored 11 goals and had 8 assists in 32 appearances with the Avalanche back in 2009-10. Unfortunately for him, subsequent seasons were lackluster at best, and he suffered from a variety of injuries which hampered his effectiveness as a goal scorer. He was placed on waivers in 2011-12, and wound up scoring 6 goals and 9 assists in 59 games spread out over two seasons with Nashville.
Along with Tim Kennedy, this signing is relatively risk-free for the Coyotes and gives them some extra NHL talent that can potentially make the big club with either a strong training camp or as a result of injuries throughout the year. Yip does have some goal scoring ability; if he can find a way to regain some of the touch that he demonstrated during his rookie season he will be a solid pickup for the Desert Dogs.