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Penguins sign Valabik - 07-03-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins have signed former Thrashers defenseman Boris Valabik to a one-year two-way contract.

Valabik, 25, spent all of 2010-11 in the AHL splitting time between the Chicago Wolves and the Providence Bruins. In 59 games, he recorded 11 assists and 189 penalty minutes.

A first-round pick in 2004 (No. 10 overall), Valabik (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) last played in the NHL in 2009-10 when he appeared in 23 games for the Thrashers and recorded two assists.

In 80 career NHL games, the native of Slovakia has seven assists and 80 penalty minutes.

Penguins might remember Valabik for an incident involving Sidney Crosby when Crosby punched him... uh... low... during a scrum midway through the 2008-09 season.

EN Says: This is a signing for the sake of organizational depth. Valabik will come to training camp and will get a chance to compete for the bottom two defensive spots but we have a hard time seeing him ending up on the NHL roster barring injuring.

Valabik is pretty much as advertised. He's a big body who plays physical. But he's not much of a skater and he offers next to nothing offensively. He's an AHL version of Hal Gill.

With the Penguins losing Corey Potter and Andrew Hutchinson to free agency, they needed to sign a veteran blue liner for the sake of organization depth.

-A few highlights. The guy will fight:

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