The Phoenix Coyotes have signed forward Brandon Yip to a one-year, two-way contract.
Yip was drafted by the Avalanche in the 8th round, 239th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On July 22, 2009, Yip signed a one-year entry level contract with the Avalanche. Prior to his first pro season in 2009–10, Yip suffered a broken hand in a pre-season game that sidelined him for the first two months of the year. He made his professional debut with the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, for a six-game stint. He was recalled by Colorado on December 19, 2009, to make his NHL debut in a 5-2 home win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yip scored his first goal three days later against Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks. In his first 22 games he scored 11 goals before suffering a separated shoulder against the Detroit Red Wings on March 1, 2010. Yip ended his 2009-10 campaign leading all rookies in goals per game average.
Yip was placed on waivers by Colorado and claimed by Nashville on January 19, 2012. Last season, Yip recorded three goals and eight points and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Predators.
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