The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Zach Sanford to a one-year contract, the club announced Friday afternoon.
Sanford, 28, split the 2022-23 season between the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
The six-foot-four, 206-pound left-winger had 12 goals and 28 points in 45 games with the Admirals during the 2022-23 regular season. He added three goals and seven points in 16 games in the 2023 Calder Cup qualifiers.
Sanford also played 16 games for the Predators in 2022-23, registering two goals and one assist. The Predators did not qualify for the playoffs in 2023.
The Coyotes have not shared the terms of Sanford’s contract with the team.
The Washington Capitals originally selected Sanford in the second round (61st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The Salem, Massachusetts product spent two seasons at Boston College after being drafted before turning pro with the Capitals in 2016.
Midway through Sanford’s first professional season, the Capitals traded him to the St. Louis Blues at the 2017 trade deadline as part of a package to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk. Sanford finished the 2016-17 season with four goals and eight points in 39 games split between the Capitals and Blues.
Sanford returned to the NHL in the 2018-19 season, playing 60 games with the Blues and recording eight goals and 20 points. He also scored four points in eight playoff games to help the Blues win their first-ever Stanley Cup.
After spending two more seasons with the Blues, Sanford was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2021 in exchange for prospect Logan Brown. The Senators then traded Sanford to the Winnipeg Jets at the 2022 trade deadline.
In Arizona, Sanford will reunite with Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong, who also won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019 while serving as the club’s assistant general manager.
In 305 career NHL games over six seasons with the Capitals, Blues, Senators, Jets and Predators, Sanford had 49 goals and 98 points. He added eight points (two goals, six assists) in 25 career playoff games.