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Coyotes Sign Free-Agent Wing Amonte

July 13, 2002|Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix Coyotes signed right wing Tony Amonte to a $24 million, four-year contract Friday in the most significant move of General Manager Mike Barnett's 11 months with the team.

The deal includes a $4.8 million signing bonus, back-loaded so the bulk will be paid after the Coyotes move into a new arena, which promises to turn their operating losses into profits.

Amonte, a former Chicago Blackhawk who was an unrestricted free agent, was signed for his offense. The Coyotes tied for 10th in the NHL in goals but managed only seven in five playoff games as they were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Coyotes," said Amonte, who turns 32 next month. "They are building a great team and heading in a new direction."

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