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Coyotes sign Tyler Eckford, Curtis McElhinney to one year contracts

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Carolina Hurricanes\' Tuomo Ruutu (15), of Finland, has his shot blocked by Ottawa Senators goalie Curtis McElhinney (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenceman Tyler Eckford and goalie Curtis McElhinney to one-year contracts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gerry Broome Author: The Hockey News

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Coyotes sign Tyler Eckford, Curtis McElhinney to one year contracts

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenceman Tyler Eckford and goalie Curtis McElhinney to one-year contracts.

Terms of the deals Monday were not disclosed.

McElhinney has played four NHL seasons with Ottawa, Anaheim and Calgary, going 18-26-4 record with a 3.13 goals-against average in 67 games.

The 28-year-old played a career-high 28 games with the Senators and Ducks, with a record of 9-13-1, two shutouts and a 2.99 goals-against average.

Eckford played four games with New Jersey and 37 with Albany last season. In 2009-2010, the 25-year-old set career highs with eight goals and 31 points with Lowell.

Eckford was originally selected by New Jersey in the seventh round in the 2004 entry draft.

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