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Arizona Coyotes sign F Michael Chaput to 1-year contract

Michael Chaput #26 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck against Brayden McNabb #3 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Coyotes 6-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes announced on Monday a one-year, two-way contract for forward Michael Chaput, who most recently was with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

Chaput also had call-ups to the Coyotes this season and played two games, recording 10:01 average time on ice and no points on the scoresheet.

The 27-year-old had 16 goals and 13 assists in 47 games as the captain of the Roadrunners this season.

Chaput was already signed through this season and was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. When the season actually concludes has become increasingly unclear as coronavirus has put the NHL and AHL seasons on hold. The ECHL season was canceled outright.

Chaput can play center, giving the Coyotes further forward depth at a premium position. In addition to his call-ups last season, Chaput has a total of 169 games of NHL experience with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

Per CapFriendly, the Coyotes now have two minor-league forwards set to become UFAs this summer: Beau Bennett, who signed as a free agent last offseason, and Markus Hannikainen, whom the team acquired from Columbus on trade deadline day this season.


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