As the title directly says, the third highest scoring defenseman in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise has signed in the ECHL. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the league two below the NHL that pays a minimum of $350 a week.
The third highest scoring defenseman in Phoenix Coyotes history is…Paul Mara?
That title generally yields some um, slightly bigger names. For example:
* Eddie Shore, Bruins, 103
* Paul Reinhart, Flames, 109 (just one spot ahead of the great Dion Phaneuf!)
* Rob Blake, Avalanche, 62
* Red Kelly, Detroit, 162 – some Nicklas Lidstrom (?) character who has TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR
* Kevin Lowe, Oilers, 74 (fun fact: Lowe played 1037 games on D for Edmonton – Paul Coffey played 532, and scored TWO HUNDRED AND NINE TIMES.)
* Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings, 70
* Ryan Suter, Predators, 38 (“Wait, I thought only Suter and Weber played D for the Preds,” you’re thinking. Actual Preds fans, however, remember Kimmo Timonen’s wonderful 79 goals there. Weber has 99.)
* James Patrick, Rangers, 104 (Brian Leetch only had 240. Lidstrom made him look like a chump)
* Zdeno Chara, SENATORS, 51 (Hey, remember when Mike Milbury traded him and Bill Muckalt and the pick that became Jason Spezza for Alexei Yashin? I do. BTW, Yashin’s last year in the NHL was 06-07, and the Isles will pay him until 2015. Also a fun fact – Wade Redden is the Sens all-time leading goal-getter as a defenseman by nearly 40 over Chris Phillips).
* Tim Horton, Maple Leafs, 109 (Borje Salming has more – 149 – and also is over 1000 games with the club. But excuse my ignorance – who’s this “Ian Turnbull” that has 112 goals on D in 580 games? I feel young and uninformed right now).
* Calle Johansson, Capitals, 103
Welp, anyway, Paul Mara signed with the Ontario Reign after taking a year off to coach a high school hockey team in Bourne, Mass. But, he got the bug again, and will be making his return to the rink at the ripe old age of 33.
He’s got 13 years and over 700 games of NHL experience under his belt, meaning he’s going to be worth keeping an eye on this season.