Coyotes sign recently acquired d-man Elliott

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Arizona has inked blueliner Stefan Elliott to a one-year, $650,000 deal, per General Fanager.

Elliott, 24, was acquired from Colorado last week for Brandon Gormley, a flip of two young defenseman that have yet to establish themselves at the NHL level. Elliott was the 49th overall pick in 2009, Gormley the 13th overall pick in 2010, but neither has appeared in more than 40 games in a single season.

With Arizona, Elliott should have a better shot at a bigger role.

The Coyotes are pretty thin on the back end, and young. Only Nicklas Grossmann and Zbynek Michalek are over 30, while the likes of 24-year-olds Klas Dahlbeck and Philip Samuelsson — both relatively untested at the NHL level — are projected to battle for spots.

It’s worth noting that Elliott is the last of all this year’s restricted free agents to sign a new contract.