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Coyotes sign defenseman Dakota Mermis to two-way contract

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Dakota Mermis (43) skates with the puck against Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Dakota Mermis to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Mermis played 59 games for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, this past season. He registered two goals and 17 assists for a total of 19 points.

The 24-year-old has nine games of NHL experience with the Coyotes.

Mermis is expected to battle for the No. 7 spot on the Coyotes’ roster at defenseman along with Ilya Lyubushkin, Robbie Russo, Trevor Murphy and Kyle Capobianco.

Arizona has Oliver-Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers, Jakob Chychrun and Kevin Connauton all back next year, locking up their top six defensemen from last year.

A mainstay of the AHL the past few years, Mermis has 189 career games and 44 points with Tucson and the Springfield Thunderbirds.

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