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Hull takes his 741 goals to Phoenix

By wire services
Published August 7, 2004

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Brett Hull, third all-time in goals, signed a two-year contract with the Coyotes on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

His 741 goals trail only Coyotes managing partner Wayne Gretzky's 894 and Gordie Howe's 801. Hull, who turns 40 on Monday, also has 649 assists in 1,264 regular-season games, and his 103 goals in 202 playoff games rank fourth behind Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.

"He is a dynamic player who creates excitement every time he enters the offensive zone," Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said.

The 18-year veteran spent the past three seasons with Detroit, where he scored 30, 37 and 25 goals and won a Stanley Cup in 2002.

Bobby Hull Jr., the player's brother and agent, was unavailable for comment.

FLYERS: Center Michal Handzus avoided arbitration and signed a three-year contract. He had 20 goals and a career-high 38 assists last season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MAPLE LEAFS: Goalie Mikael Tellqvist and forward Clarke Wilm re-signed. Tellqvist, expected to back up Ed Belfour, went 5-3-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average last season. Wilm had 16 goals and 33 points for St. John's of the AHL and no goals in 10 games with Toronto.

SABRES: Forward Jochen Hecht avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $2.1-million deal. Hecht, who had 15 goals and 37 assists in 64 games last season, sought a longer deal, but Buffalo declined, citing the possible lockout.

SENATORS: Defenseman Chris Phillips and forward Peter Schaefer agreed to multiyear deals. Terms were not disclosed. Phillips set career highs with seven goals and 23 points last season. Schaefer set career highs with 24 assists and 39 points.

WILD: Right wing Richard Park re-signed for one year. Park, who matched a career high with 25 points last season, had 13 goals and tied for third on the team with 142 shots. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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