The Coyotes signed Joe Vitale to a three-year deal worth $3.3 million.
Vitale had one goal and 13 assists in 53 games with the Penguins last year. The Coyotes needed a centre that can win face-offs and that is exactly what Vitale brings to the table. In 2013-14 he won 62.5% of the draws that he took, which will certainly help the Coyotes get out of their own end this season.
Vitale (undisclosed) will play in game 1 vs. New York.
Vitale was banged up in a collision with Blake Comeau in game 6 vs. the Blue Jackets, but is ready to go in game 1 of the second round. He will be on the third line with Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett.
Vitale (undisclosed) left Monday's game and did not return.
Vitale left early in the third period after he collided with Black Comeau, both players were injured on the play. There is no word on how serious Vitale's injury is, but he has played a key fourth line role for the Penguins. Monitor his status before round 2.