Coyotes re-sign defensemen Murphy, Stone

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes locked up two of their best young defenseman on Thursday, signing Connor Murphy to a six-year contract and Michael Stone to a one-year deal.

Murphy’s deal is for $23.1 million with a salary cap hit of $3.85 million. Stone’s deal, which allows him and the team to avoid a salary arbitration hearing next week, is worth $4 million.

Murphy elevated his game last season, often pairing with All-Star Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and led Team USA with three goals during this year’s world championships.

The 23-year-old had six goals and 11 assists in 78 games with the Coyotes in 2015-16, his …

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