After little activity over the weekend, Monday afternoon saw the Phoenix Coyotes re-sign five restricted free agents to new contracts. Those players were: defensemen David Rundblad, Mark Louis and Mathieu Brodeur, as well as forwards Brett Hextall and Brandon McMillan.
Rundblad signed a two-year contract (deal is one-way as he is not waiver eligible) to return to the team that traded for him in 2011, along with a second round pick, in exchange for Kyle Turris. The 22-year-old has played eight games with the Coyotes, recording four assists. The defenseman has played primarily for Phoenix's AHL affiliate, Portland Pirates. In 80 games in Portland, Rundblad has scored 16 goals and 55 points.
Brodeur has been a mainstay at prospect development camp until this year. He was signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $605,000 on Monday. Brodeur has yet to play in the NHL, but has seen significant playing time in Portland. He has played in the AHL since the San Antonio Rampage were the Coyotes top affiliate. In 114 AHL games, Brodeur has scored five goals and 26 points.
Brett Hextall, son of Ron Hextall, signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain with the team. Many Coyotes fans remember him as the star of the Portland Pirates' Gangnam Style video. The 25-year-old went straight to Portland after finishing his career at the University of North Dakota. In 138 AHL games, Hextall has recorded 16 goals and 30 points.
Just months after being acquired in a trade for Matthew Lombardi, McMillan signed a one-year, two-way contract to stay with his new team. The 23-year-old has split time between the NHL and AHL over the past few years. In 91 NHL games, all with the Anaheim Ducks, McMillan scored 11 goals and 26 points.
Louis signed a two-year, two-way contract to continue to play for the Pirates. The 26-year-old has not played an NHL game, but has played 84 AHL games over the last season and a half, recording seven assists.