Good pickup if it pans out, not much risked so a good call by Phoenix if he can stay healthy.
COYOTES SIGN OWEN NOLAN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
COYOTES SIGN FIVE-TIME ALL-STAR OWEN NOLAN
TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed right wing Owen Nolan to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Nolan, a five-time NHL All-Star, has registered 349 goals, 386 assists, and 735 points in 915 career NHL games with Quebec, Colorado, San Jose, and Toronto. He has also played in 58 playoff games, collecting 18-17-35. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound right wing has scored 30-or-more goals six times in his career and 40-or-more goals twice (1991-92 and 1999-2000). Most recently, Nolan scored 19 goals in 2003-04 with Toronto and 29 goals in 2002-03 with San Jose and Toronto.
"A healthy Owen Nolan can help our hockey club," said Barnett. "After considerable due diligence, we've found his injuries to be well healed. He's fit, focused and anxious to get back battling on NHL ice."
The 34-year-old native of Belfast, Ireland has recorded 60-or-more points six times in his career and registered three 70-plus point seasons (1991-92, 1992-93 and 1999-2000). His best season came in 1999-2000 when he set career highs in goals (44), assists (40) and points (84) in 78 games with San Jose. Nolan is the Sharks' all-time leader in goals (206), assists (245), and points (451).
"Owen is one of the league's premier power forwards," said Coyotes managing partner/head coach Wayne Gretzky. "His size, strength, goal-scoring ability and leadership will be a big asset to our team."
In his last season with Toronto (2003-04), Nolan ranked tied for second in the NHL in game tying goals. He also finished first on the Leafs in shorthanded goals (2), tied for first in game tying goals, first in multiple goal games (6), tied for second in shorthanded points, second in multiple point games (12), third in penalty minutes (110), third among team forwards in average ice time (17:56), fourth in assists (29), fourth in game winning goals (3), fourth in shots (154), fifth in goals (19) and tied for fifth in points (48).
In 2002, Nolan helped lead Team Canada to a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nolan finished the tournament with three assists in six games. He has also played in five NHL All-Star Games (1991-92, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1999-2000 and 2001-02).
Nolan was originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (1st choice overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.