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Rangers sign Taylor Pyatt: two years, $3.1 million

Jul 3, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have again dipped into the free agency pool, signing former Phoenix Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt to a two-year, $3.1 million deal.

The contract has an average annual value of $1.55 million, a nice bump over the $1 million Pyatt made annually on his last deal.

The 30-year-old had spent the last three seasons in the desert, highlighted by a 2010-11 campaign that saw him score 18 goals and average 15:30 of ice time. Pyatt seemed to fall out of favor last year though, as his goal production was cut in half and his average time on ice dropped to 12:19 per game.

Originally drafted eighth overall in 1999, Pyatt has spent time with the Islanders, Sabres, Canucks and Coyotes during his 11-year career.

The most curious development might not be what this signing means for the Rangers, but rather the Coyotes. Phoenix has now seen Pyatt, Ray Whitney (Dallas) and Adrian Aucoin (Columbus) leave the organization and has yet to come to terms with captain Shane Doan, center Daymond Langkow and defenseman Michal Rozsival.

As it stands, the Coyotes only have 18 players under contract and are nearly $14 million shy of the salary cap floor.

  1. eaglesfootballfan - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    New York Rangers always seem to be in the market for a scorer when Free Agency Starts. Brad Richards last year, Rick Nash this year and now they get Pyatt.

    • anthonykornheiser - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      And your beloved eagles always seem to win the SB before the season starts every year and in the market for champs like asomungah and DRC. worry about your team being in the market for a defense and goalie.

      • eaglesfootballfan - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        @anthonykornheiser: Stay of the computer you tool. This is a free world and im entitled to my own opinion. Worry about your team crappy rangers team not making the playoffs this year and the Flyers beating them 4 or 5 times this year idiot.

    • afc22 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      we can’t all have complete teams like the Flyers each offseason…

    • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Did anyone else know or think Rick Nash was a free agent?

    • jkay1818 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      eagles fan, was that english? team crappy rangers team. I can see how you’re confident about beating the rangers 4 or 5 times this year. I mean, the flyers had so much success against them last season.

  2. capesouth - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    yay news…finally

  3. mrpigs - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    0-6 D-bag! Sweet choke at the Winter classic

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