Coyotes sign D Ilya Lyubushkin to one-year contract

May 23, 2018, 10:49 AM | Updated: May 24, 2018, 8:30 am

Ilya Lyubushkin, left, of Russia and Carl Klingberg of Sweden fight for the puck during the Euro Ho...

Ilya Lyubushkin, left, of Russia and Carl Klingberg of Sweden fight for the puck during the Euro Hockey Tour Karjala Tournament match between Sweden and Russia in Helsinki, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

(Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin to a one-year, two-way deal on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Russian product played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League and was still under contract.

“We are pleased to sign Ilya to a one-year contract,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a release. “Ilya is a big, physical defenseman who skates well and moves the puck effectively. He will add size and toughness to our blueline.”

He is considered a defensive defenseman with limited offensive skills.

At 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Lyubushkin registered 3-6-9 with 73 penalty minutes in 50 games this year. From 2013-18, he played in 257 games and recorded 12 goals and 24 assists in 258 penalty minutes with the KHL team.

Lyubushkin joins Jason Demers as the only right-handed defensemen on Arizona’s roster.


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