The Penguins signed former Thrashers left wing Brett Sterling to a one-year, two-way contract.
Sterling, 26, did not play in the NHL last season but appeared in 55 games for the Chicago Wolves, Atlanta's AHL affiliate, and recorded 56 points (34 goals, 22 assists) and was a plus-20.
A fifth-round pick in 2003, Sterling, 5-foot-7, 175, last played in the NHL in 2008-09 when he appeared in six games with the Thrashers and recorded one goal.
Prior to the trade deadline, his signing rights were dealt to the Sharks in order to help the Thrashers get under the NHL's roster limit when they swung a deal with Chicago which brought Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager to Atlanta. A native of Los Angeles, he is a left-handed shot.
He was a member of the Wolves when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the Calder Cup in 2008.
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This is a signing for the sake of organizational depth. In other words, Sterling will likely be one of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' top players next season and could get an occasional call-up to the NHL should some injuries occur.
Sterling is a proven scorer at the AHL level, but due mainly to his lack of size and poor defensive habits, he just hasn't stuck in the NHL.
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