Arizona Coyotes Sign UFA’s Dubnyk And Vitale

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Arizona Coyotes Add Free Agent Goaltender Devan Dubnyk and Forward Joe Vitale –

Devan Dubnyk –

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk to a one-year contract.  

“We are very pleased to welcome Devan to our organization,” said Maloney. “Devan is a goaltender with great size, skill and experience. We are confident that he can continue to develop under the guidance of Sean Burke.”

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Dubnyk played in 34 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators recording 11 wins while posting a 3.43 goals against average (GAA) and a .891 save percentage (SV%).  He also appeared in eight games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, posting a 3.33 GAA and a .893 SV%.

In parts of five NHL seasons with Edmonton and Nashville, the 28-year-old native of Regina, Saskatchewan has played in 173 NHL games posting a record of 61-77-22 with a 2.90 GAA and a .909 SV%.  Dubnyk was originally drafted by Edmonton in the first round (14th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Joe Vitale – 

In another move the Arizona Coyotes General have signed forward Joe Vitale to a three-year contract.  

“We are very pleased to sign Joe to a multi-year contract,” said Maloney. “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.” 

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Vitale recorded 1-13-14 and 29 penalty minutes (PIM) in 53 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He also won 62.5-percent of his face offs and had 89 hits.  Vitale also appeared in 13 Stanley Cup playoff games for the Penguins.  

In parts of four NHL seasons with Pittsburgh, the 28-year-old native of St. Louis, Mo., has played in 176 regular season games, recording 8-27-35 and 119 PIM.  He also has appeared in 23 playoff games, totaling 0-1-1 and 22 PIM.  Vitale was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (195th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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