Arizona Coyotes sign Joe Vitale to a 3-year deal

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Yotes add fourth line center to their roster.

The Arizona Coyotes signed center Joe Vitale to a three-year deal on Tuesday as first reported by Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

"We are very pleased to sign Joe to a multi-year contract," said Don Maloney in the team's press release. "Joe is a character player who has many details in his game that we covet. He is quick, plays hard, is excellent in the faceoff circle and will help improve our penalty killing units."

Salary parameters as reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie is $1.117M AAV.

Vitale, 28, scored one goal and 14 points in 53 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He is a right-handed faceoff specialist, holding a career faceoff percentage of 58.4 percent. He also kills penalties and will join Antoine Vermette as one of the two regular PK centers.

Arizona will use Vitale on the fourth line to replace the departed Jeff Halpern. This move will allow Kyle Chipchura to play wing on the fourth line.

The forward's advance analytics leave a lot to be desired, even for a fourth liner, but the Coyotes hope he can improve upon Halpern's play last season.

Barring the addition of another centerman, Arizona will enter the season with Martin Hanzal, Sam Gagner, Vermette and Vitale down the middle.

Stay with Five for Howling as more signings and more information comes to light.

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