Report: Bissonnette lands AHL deal with Pirates

Paul Bissonnette, left, had reportedly landed an AHL deal. Jeff McIntosh/CP

Paul Bissonnette won’t be suiting up with Britain’s Cardiff Devils after all. Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan reported Sunday that the 29-year-old had landed a deal with the Portland Pirates, minor-league affiliate to the Arizona Coyotes.

Craig Morgan on Twitter: “Paul Bissonnette confirms via text that rumors are true of him signing with Portland (AHL). Texts he’ll probably sign contract on Monday.”

Bissonnette worked out an agreement with the British Elite Ice Hockey League Devils on Thursday, but Managing Director Todd Kelman said in a news release Sunday that the team was no longer expecting the enforcer.

“I just heard from Paul [Sunday] prior to our game and he explained that he has been offered a deal in the American Hockey League that he hopes will lead to an NHL deal later this season,” Telman said in a statement posted on the British Ice Hockey website.

Bissonnette, who played 39 games with the Coyotes last season, had landed a preseason tryout with the St. Louis Blues, though he wasn't able to secure a contract.

Cardiff's original announcement stated that Bissonnette would join the team on a temporary basis while he looked for work in the NHL. Bissonnette, or BizNasty, as he's affectionately known by fans, suited up for the Devils during the 2012-13 lockout, when he registered 19 points in 10 games.


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