Brett Hull to wear father's No. 9 for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Hull, third on the NHL's career
goals list, got more money and a longer contract from the Phoenix Coyotes than one of his former teams was willing to offer.

The free agent forward signed a $4.5 million, two-year deal with
the Coyotes on Friday. Both years are guaranteed at $2.25 million,
and Hull could stand to make up to $3 million the second year if he
meets bonus incentives for scoring.

The Dallas Stars, one of his former teams, offered Hull $2
million to rejoin them, but wouldn't give him a second year.

Hull, an 18-year veteran who spent the last three seasons with
Detroit, has 741 goals -- trailing only Coyotes managing partner
Wayne Gretzky's 894 and Gordie Howe's 801. Hull, who turns 40 on
Monday, has also scored 103 playoff goals, fourth behind Gretzky,
Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.

"The truth is going to come forward when we get on the ice and
see how this group comes together," Coyotes general manager Mike
Barnett said. "But we needed to fill some important holes, and
certainly a high-scoring left-winger is very, very important to us.

"We now feel with [Shane] Doan and Ladislav Nagy and Mike Johnson and now Brett Hull, we have four wingers that are capable
of scoring 25 or more goals."

Barnett said he got the feeling Hull was leaning toward the
Coyotes during a phone call Thursday night. He told Gretzky, who
also put in a call to Hull, and the player called back Friday
morning to accept.

"He looked at our roster and felt that he could help us get to
the winner's circle," Barnett said.

Bobby Hull Jr., the player's brother and agent, did not
immediately respond to messages seeking comment left at his office
and on his cell phone.

Hull, drafted by Calgary in the sixth round in 1984, has played
for the Flames, St. Louis, Dallas and Detroit. He won Stanley Cups
with the Stars (1999) and Red Wings (2002), scoring the cup-winning
goal for Dallas in a triple-overtime Game 6 victory against

He has 649 assists and 1,390 points in 1,264 regular-season
games, and 87 assists (190 points) in 202 playoff games.

Hull, a nine-time All-Star, won the Hart Trophy in 1991 and was
the All-Star Game MVP in 1992.

He had his three best seasons in succession with St. Louis, with
72 goals and 113 points in 1989-90, career highs for goals (86) and
points (131) in 1990-91 and 70 goals and 109 points the next year.
Hull had a career-high 47 assists in 1992-93, when he had 101
points, his last season in triple digits.

He had 30, 37 and 25 goals the last three seasons with Detroit.