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Bruins Sign Defenseman Paul Coffey

July 13, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Paul Coffey, who holds NHL records for points and assists by a defenseman, signed a two-year contract Wednesday with the Boston Bruins.

Coffey, 39, is a 20-year veteran of the NHL who has played for seven teams, most recently the Carolina Hurricanes, and won four Stanley Cups. He was an unrestricted free agent.

Bruins president and general manager Harry Sinden said the 6-foot, 200-pound Coffey would shore up Boston’s defense.

``He is one of the premier offensive defensemen in the history of the game as well as one of the best skaters and his strong play, particularly over the second half of last season, convinced us that he has plenty to offer the Bruins,″ Sinden said.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Coffey is the NHL’s career leader among defensemen in assists, with 1,131, and points, with 1,527. He ranks second overall in league history in assists and eighth overall in points.

He holds the league’s single-season record for goals by a defenseman with 48 in 1985-86 with the Edmonton Oilers. He three NHL titles with Edmonton and one with Pittsburgh.

Coffey had 11 goals and 29 assists in 69 games last season.

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