For the first half of last season, the best offensive player on the Phoenix Coyotes was undoubtedly left winger Scottie Upshall.
A knee injury in late January ended Upshall's season prematurely, however, and others stepped up as the Yotes made surprising run to the playoffs.
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Now, Coyotes fans will see Upshall back on the ice next season, as he was signed to a one-year deal Wednesday. The team says its policy forbids disclosing terms of the deal.
Upshall was on fire before his knee injury as he had 18 goals (already a career-high) and 14 assists in just 49 games. If he hadn't been injured, he probably would have eclipsed the 30-goal mark.
Major props to GM Don Maloney for re-signing Upshall. He's a scoring threat that will surely help out next season.
Besides, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov can't be counted on for a shutout every game, right?