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Coyotes sign Miele, Ness, Bennett

The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Andy Miele and defenseman Aaron Ness to two-year, two-way contracts, and forward Beau Bennett to a one-year, two-way contract.

Miele, 31, returns to North America after two seasons overseas. Miele, who broke into the pro ranks with the Coyotes organization in 2011-12, was a First Team AHL All-Star in 2014-15 and a Second Team choice in 2013-14.

In 420 career regular-season AHL games with Lehigh Valley, Grand Rapids and Portland, Miele has recorded 119 goals and 249 assists for 368 points.

Miele has skated in 15 NHL games, all with the Coyotes, and has totaled two assists.

Ness, 29, had a career year with the Hershey Bears in 2018-19, posting 50 assists, 55 points and a plus-24 rating in 71 games and earning a nod as a Second Team AHL All-Star.

Ness has played 519 games in the AHL with Hershey and Bridgeport, collecting 43 goals and 208 assists for 251 points.

A second-round choice by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft, Ness has totaled one goal and five assists in 47 career NHL games with the Islanders and Washington.

Bennett, 27, played five games in the KHL in 2018-19. In his most recent AHL season, Bennett tallied 12 goals and 45 assists for 57 points in 60 games with the Chicago Wolves in 2017-18.

Bennett has totaled 19 goals and 72 assists for 91 points in 104 AHL games with Chicago and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 200 NHL games with Pittsburgh, New Jersey and St. Louis, Bennett has tallied 24 goals and 40 assists for 64 points. He won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016.

Bennett was originally taken by the Penguins in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft.