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Paul Bissonnette signs with EIHL Cardiff

Paul Bissonnette, Krys Barch

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Paul Bissonnette (12) and Dallas Stars right wing Krys Barch (13) trade blows during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Paul Bissonnette has agreed to terms with the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League, according to the Western Mail. The EIHL is the top league in the United Kingdom.

Bissonnette might make his Devils debut as soon as Friday.

He had a goal in 31 games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12 and was scheduled to make $725,000 with the club this season. As we previously noted when Anthony Stewart joined the Nottingham Panthers, the EIHL and NHL are virtually night and day.

There are players that have jobs outside of hockey and some that don’t make any money, but do get help from sponsors. Additionally, some teams use local rinks for their home games.

The Western Mail speculates that Bissonnette will become a fan favorite with the Devils. He might also bring more attention to the team thanks in part to his sizable Twitter following that towers above some NHL superstars like Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Lundqvist.