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Phoenix Coyotes Reportedly Sign Forward Boyd Gordon

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Media reports have Boyd Gordon signing a two year deal worth $2.65 million total with the Coyotes.  Gordon will likely fill Vernon Fiddler's role on the 4th line.  Fiddler signed a deal with division rival Dallas.  Gordon played his entire pro career in the Washington Capitals organization prior to signing with the Desert Dogs.  He was selected by the Caps in the first round in 2002 and was Alexander Ovechkin's first center in the NHL.

Based on career numbers, the Coyotes lose a bit of offense with the former Cap coming in and Fiddler leaving, but not much else. He's not going to bring much offense to the table.  Gordon only has 27 career goals in the NHL.  However, his strengths are those similar to Fiddler's.  He's a solid defensive forward who is good in the faceoff circle and kills penalties.  The major concern with Gordon is his health.  He missed a number of games due to various health troubles, including back issues, the last few seasons in D.C

For more on Gordon's play the last season check out Gordon's Rink Wrap at our SB Nation partner blog, Japer's Rink.