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Phoenix Coyotes sign Chris Summers to a two-year contract extension

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Chris Summers
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Chris Summers
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The Phoenix Coyotes announced on Monday that they have signed defenseman Chris Summers to a two-year contract. The Coyotes did not release the terms of the contract.

"Chris took a big step forward this past season," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said in a team release. "He improved his puck game, was firm in all of his decisions and showed confidence to carry the puck up ice when the opportunity presented itself. He is the perfect example of the patience needed to allow draft picks to mature at their own pace. He has become a regular NHL defenseman and we are happy he will remain with us."

Summers was the Coyotes first round selection, 29th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 18-games with Phoenix this season he scored two-goals, tallied a single assist for a total of three-points. In 47 NHL career games he has two-goals and four-assists.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan native would have been an unrestricted on July 1st but opted to stay with the only the NHL team he has ever known.

"I’m very happy that we could do a multi-year deal instead of just a one-year contract," Summers said. "I’ve grown to love the community in Arizona. I think we have a terrific arena with a great atmosphere, and we’ve seen a huge growth in the overall support from the fans since the new ownership group came in last year."