Coyotes bring back forwards Laurent Dauphin, Bokondji Imama; sign goaltender Jon Gillies

Jul 13, 2022, 5:31 PM

Laurent Dauphin #45 of the Montreal Canadiens skates the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs durin...

Laurent Dauphin #45 of the Montreal Canadiens skates the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Centre Bell on February 21, 2022 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes continued their busy day in the transaction department on Wednesday.

The team brought back a pair of familiar faces in forwards Laurent Dauphin and Bokondji Imama, with both signing a one-year, two-way contract.

Arizona also signed goaltender Jon Gillies to a one-year, two contract.

Dauphin, 27, was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (No. 39 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft and spent 2015-19 in the Valley.

The 6-foot, 186-pound forward registered a career-high in games played (38), goals (four) and assists (eight) with the Montreal Canadiens last season.

In his five years in the NHL, Dauphin has totaled 7-9-16 and 43 penalty minutes in 73 career games between the two teams.

Imama, 25, made his NHL debut on April 22 for the Coyotes against the Washington Capitals and scored his first career goal the next day against the St. Louis Blues.

He also totaled 12 points on five goals and seven assists to go along with an AHL-leading 178 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Tucson Roadrunners last season.

The 6-foot-1, 221-pound forward was originally drafted in the sixth round (No. 180 overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Gillies, 28, is coming off of a 2021-22 season in which he registered a 3.70 goals against average and an .887 save percentage in a career-high 20 games between the New Jersey Devils and Blues.

Since being drafted in the third round (No. 75 overall) by the Flames in 2012, the 6-foot-6, 223-pound goaltender has compiled a 7-15-3 record with a 3.31 goals against average and an .893 save percetnage in 32 career NHL games in Calgary, New Jersey and St. Louis.


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