Sunday, October 29, 2006

Coyotes sign Perreault

We heard on Saturday that the reeling Phoenix Coyotes were making a strong push for Yanic Perreault, and today we learn the faceoff ace is, in fact, headed to the desert.

It's hard to believe that the $700,000, one-year deal was worth the wait for the 35 year old. According to the rumour mill, he had been seeking a two-year contract close to his Sherbrooke, Que., home, and this offers neither of those. What it does give Perreault is a chance to play big minutes on a team that really needs depth down the middle with Steve Reinprecht out, and he should be able to put up some solid point totals (something he has actually done pretty consistently throughout his career). That said, his 57 points last year in Nashville was a career high and injuries have held him back in the past.

Still, this is the kind of signing that Phoenix needed to make going into the season, rather than bringing in dead weight like Jeremy Roenick and Owen Nolan.

As Spector notes, the move will leave Chicago and the Islanders looking (reluctantly) in Jason Allison's direction.

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