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Coyotes Sign Greg Adams

September 2, 1998

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ In a move to bolster their offense, the Phoenix Coyotes signed free-agent left wing Greg Adams to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Terms of the deal, which includes an option year, weren’t disclosed.

Adams made $1.5 million last season, one reason the Dallas Stars decided not to give the 14-year NHL veteran a qualifying offer _ they used the money to sign Brett Hull.

Adams was limited to 50 games in 1996-97 by a neck injury and to 49 last season by a knee injury. Coyotes general manager Bobby Smith said Adams’ health was a concern until the 35-year-old forward passed his physical.

``Greg is a guy who has the ability to be very productive offensively,″ Smith said. ``He’s played on Dallas’ top line the last couple of years. Even though he only had 14 goals last year, we only had three players who scored more goals than he did.″

Adams, who also had 18 assists for the season, had half his goals on power plays. The Stars scored 11 more goals than they gave up when he was on the ice.

``He’s also a very smart player with an outstanding plus-minus record, and he’s a pleasure to play with from a centerman’s point of view,″ Smith said.

The move should be a hit with Coyotes fans. Adams played collegiately at Northern Arizona and led the NCAA in scoring in 1983-84 with 73 points in 26 games. He is the only hockey player in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

He signed with New Jersey as a free agent and played parts of three seasons with the Devils before 7 1/2 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.

Adams, who joined the Stars on April 7, 1995, has 306 goals, 325 assists and 276 penalty minutes in 852 games. He also has 19 goals and 22 assists in 73 playoff games.

Only team captain Keith Tkachuk (40), Rick Tocchet (26) and Jeremy Roenick (24) had more goals than Adams scored for Dallas last season, and Tkachuk may be a no-show next week when veterans report to training camp.

He is demanding that Smith tear up the last two years of his contract, which would pay him $2.8 million this season and $3 million next season, and pay him $8 million each season.

Asked to characterize the situation, Smith called it ``a standstill.″

``I can’t make him come to training camp,″ Smith said. ``Early in the summer, we made a very good offer and it was rejected, and we have not been able to agree on a contract extension. But he’s got two years left on his current contract.″

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