Brett Hull, third on the NHL's career goals list, got more money and a longer contract from the Phoenix Coyotes than one of his former teams was willing to offer.
The free agent forward signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Coyotes yesterday. Both years are guaranteed at $2.25 million, and Hull could stand to make up to $3 million the second year if he meets bonus incentives for scoring. The Dallas Stars, one of his former teams, offered Hull $2 million to rejoin them, but wouldn't give him a second year.
Hull, an 18-year veteran who spent the last three seasons with Detroit, has 741 goals -- trailing Coyotes managing partner Wayne Gretzky's 894 and Gordie Howe's 801. Hull, who turns 40 on Monday, has also scored 103 playoff goals, fourth behind Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.
Hull, drafted by Calgary in the sixth round in 1984, has played for the Flames, St. Louis, Dallas and Detroit. He won Stanley Cups with the Stars (1999) and Red Wings (2002), scoring the cup-winning goal for Dallas in a triple-overtime Game 6 victory against Buffalo.
He has 649 assists and 1,390 points in 1,264 regular season games, and 87 assists (190 points) in 202 playoff games.
Hull, a nine-time all-star, won the Hart Trophy in 1991.
-- From News Services