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Arizona Coyotes sign Michael Grabner to 3-year deal

The Arizona Coyotes have opened free agency by signing Michael Grabner to a 3-year, $3.35 AAV deal.

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The Arizona Coyotes have signed winger Michael Grabner to a three year $10.05 million deal.

Originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2006 14th overall, Grabner brings with him a history of speed and goal scoring. Since his first full season in the 2010-2011 season with the New York Islanders, Grabner has scored at least 20 goals in four seasons including the last two seasons where he scored 27 goals.

With 27 goals and 36 points last season, Grabner would rank first in goals for the Coyotes and sixth in points behind Clayton Keller, Derek Stepan, Max Domi, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Christian Dvorak. His total points isn’t outstanding but definitely an upgrade for Arizona which has been starved for offense.

Grabner is known for his speed and should bring a some goal scoring to the Coyotes wing. The 30 year old winger also brings experience to the relatively young Coyotes lineup and can add to the Coyotes penalty kill which was ranked 19th last season with a 79.5 kill percentage.

After finishing second to last in goals scored last season GM Chayka clearly believes that the Coyotes need to add veterans who could score goals. This signing combined with acquiring Alex Galchenyuk in exchange for Max Domi are two big steps in the Coyotes being able to generate more offense next season.