Coyotes sign D Helmer to two-year deal

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - The Phoenix Coyotes signed defenseman Bryan Helmer to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

This will be the third stint for Helmer in Phoenix. He played in just 11 games for the Coyotes in 1998-99 and 17 contests in 2003-04.

The 33-year-old Helmer has appeared in 134 NHL games with Phoenix, St. Louis and Vancouver over parts of six seasons, collecting eight goals and 15 assists.

Last season, Helmer recorded 12 goals and 44 assists in 80 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

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Updated Wednesday, Jul 19, 2006