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Phoenix Coyotes Free Agency Rush Adds Goalie And Defensive Depth

The Phoenix Coyotes were busy over the holiday weekend adding depth to their defense. The team signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenseman Tyler Eckford to a one-year (two-way) contracts. Here's more about both players from the team's official press release.

In four NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, the 6-foot-2, 197 pound McElhinney appeared in 67 games posting a 18-26-4 record with a 3.13 goals against average (GAA) and a .898 save percentage.

In 2010-11, the 28-year-old native of London, Ontario played in a career-high 28 games with the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks posting a record of 9-13-1 with two shutouts, a 2.99 GAA and a .903 SV%.

McElhinney was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth-round (176th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 200 pound Eckford played four games with the New Jersey Devils and 37 games with the Albany Devils (AHL), recording 2-10-12 and 12 penalty minutes.

In 2009-10, the 25-year-old native of Vancouver, British Columbia set career highs in goals (8), points (31) and plus/minus (+11) with Lowell (AHL).

Eckford was originally drafted by New Jersey in the seventh-round (217th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.