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Arizona Coyotes sign Devan Dubnyk and Joe Vitale

The Arizona Coyotes new goalie Devan Dubnyk during his tenure with the Nashville Predators
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The Arizona Coyotes announced on Tuesday that they have signed a pair of free agents. Goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Joe Vital were signed to fill in some gaps in their roster and bolster their depth.

Arizona signed goalie Devan Dubnyk to a one-year contract. Dubnyk, who spent last season with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators, is expected to backup Mike Smith.

“We are very pleased to welcome Devan to our organization,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a team report. “Devan is a goaltender with great size, skill and experience. We are confident that he can continue to develop under the guidance of Sean Burke.”

The signing of Dubnyk was necessary because on Tuesday the Pittsburgh Penguins signed the Coyotes former backup goalie Thomas Greiss to a one-year contract.

Dubnyk was originally drafted by the Oilers in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

In six NHL seasons with the Oilers and Predators he amassed a career record of 61-77-22. He tallied eight-shutouts, with a 2.90 Goals Against Average and a .909 save percentage.

The Coyotes signed Vitale to a three-year contract. The St. Louis, Missouri native had spent his entire four-season NHL career with the Penguins.

“We are very pleased to sign Joe to a multi-year contract,” said Maloney. “Joe is a character player who has many details in his game that we covet. He is quick, plays hard, is excellent in the faceoff circle and will help improve our penalty killing units.”

Vitale was drafted in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 176 regular season games he tallied 35-points on eight-goals and 27 assists. He also accrued 119 penalty minutes.

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