Jeremy Roenick has signed a one-year deal to join the Phoenix Coyotes, a team which he played for from 1996-2001.
''JR is very well liked here in Phoenix, but this isn't about selling tickets on popularity,'' said Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett. ''It's about adding talent to our club. His pride and toughness breeds winning. That's what sells tickets.''
Roenick, one of the NHL's most outspoken players, indicated recently that he could be signing with a Canadian team this summer.Roenick, 36, is coming off the worst season of his career, during which he scored just 22 points in 58 games with the Los Angeles Kings. However, he's one of the most productive American-born players in history, with 1142 points in 1182 NHL games. He's added 116 points in 136 career playoff games. ''I'm thrilled to be returning home to play for the Coyotes,'' said Roenick. ''I have a lot of great memories from my five years in the desert and I'm looking forward to having a great season and help lead our team to the playoffs. I'd like to thank Wayne Gretzky and Mike Barnett for having faith in me. I'm hungry, I'm focused and I can't wait for the season to begin.”
Roenick has also played for Chicago and Philadelphia.
The Dallas Stars have signed agitator Matthew Barnaby to a one-year contract worth $625,000.
In 82 games with the Blackhawks last year, Barnaby had eight goals, 20 assists and 178 penalty minutes.
In 795 career NHL games with Blackhawks, Avalanche, Rangers, Lightning, Penguins anda Sabres he has compiled 112 goals, 181 assists and 2,345 penalty minutes.
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