The Penguins have re-signed restricted free agent forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract. The deal is two-ways in the first year and one-way in 2012-13. He will have a salary of $575,000 each season at the NHL level.
Jeffrey, 23, appeared in 25 NHL games last season and scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists). In 40 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Jeffrey scored 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists).
A sixth-round pick in 2007, his season came to an end last when he suffered a knee injury March 24 at Philadelphia. He is expected to miss the start the start of 2011-12 as a result of the ailment.
EN Says: Jeffrey is part of the team's immediate future on the top two lines. He has a scoring touch and has demonstrated it at each the NHL and AHL levels. Additionally, he offers vesatility as he is cable of playing all three forward positions. Assuming he recovers from his ailment and is back up to speed, expect to see Jeffrey in the mix to see some time on the top two lines.
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