The Phoenix Coyotes were able to avoid arbitration with Daniel Briere last week, signing the center to a two-year deal.

"Daniel is a talented hockey player and we are pleased to have him under contract for the next two seasons," said Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett. "His dynamic offensive skills inspired his teammates and thrilled Coyotes fans throughout the season last year. We expect to see much more of the excitement that Danny can generate."

Last season, the 5-foot-10, 178-pound Briere set career highs in almost every category including games played (78), goals (32), assists (28), points (60), penalty minutes (52), power play goals (12), power play assists (10) and power play points (22).

"I am very excited about signing with the Coyotes," Briere said. "With all the moves the team has made over the summer, I can't wait for next season to start. I really appreciate the effort management made to sign me and avoid the arbitration process."

The center led the entire NHL in shooting percentage (21.5 percentage) and tied for 10th in the NHL in power-play goals.

Briere finished the season tied for 19th in the NHL in goals.

Briere also led the Coyotes in goals, power-play goals and face-off win percentage. He reached the 20-goal and 30-goal plateaus for the first time in his career.