Coyotes sign enforcer Laraque to two-year contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Another member of the Edmonton Oilers' Western Conference championship team has departed.

Georges Laraque, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Edmonton, signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada is reporting Laraque inked a deal worth $2.4 million.

A second-round pick of the Oilers in 1995, Laraque became the third player to leave Edmonton this offseason. Stud defenseman Chris Pronger, who had requested a trade shortly after the Oilers came within one win of the Stanley Cup championship last month, was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, while fellow blue-liner Jaroslav Spacek signed a multi-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres earlier Wednesday.

Last season, Laraque recorded two goals, 10 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 72 games. The tough guy added one tally, one assist and 44 penalty minutes in 15 postseason contests.

"I'm very excited to come to Phoenix and play for the Coyotes," Laraque said. "The Coyotes have made a lot of great moves this summer and we will be a very competitive team next season. I'm looking forward to playing for Wayne Gretzky."

In addition to Laraque, Phoenix has added defensemen Nick Boynton and Ed Jovanovski, goaltender Mike Morrison and nine-time All-Star center Jeremy Roenick this summer.

A native of Montreal, the 29-year-old Laraque has collected 43 goals, 111 points and 826 penalty minutes in 490 NHL games -- all with the Oilers.