Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 4/22/12

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 02: Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena on November 2, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Martin Hanzal is an underrated player, not only because he doesn't put up stellar offensive numbers but because he wears a Phoenix Coyotes sweater, which is like a cloak of invisibility for many media and fans. But the Coyotes know his value, and now they've quantified it: 5 years and $15.5 million in a freshly signed contract extension, according to John Shannon of Sportsnet. That's a $3.1 million cap hit for a 24-year-old player who was due for restricted free agency next summer; this contract covers that and eats up a couple of unrestricted free-agency years. From the Coyotes: "We are very pleased to sign Martin to a five-year contract extension," said Maloney. "Martin is a big, strong, skilled center and a core member of our team. He contributes at both ends of the ice and we are confident he will continue to improve to become one of the NHL's best two-way centers." Last season, the 6-foot-6, 236 pound Hanzal appeared in 61 regular season games for the Coyotes, registering 16-1...
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