In what is perhaps the least surprising move of the century day, the Penguins have re-signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.4 million. Coming off a contract with a cap hit of $675,000, Adams' new deal will have a cap hit of $700,000.
Adams, 36, appeared in all 48 games last season and scored nine points (three goals, six assists). One of the team's most durable players, he has missed only two games in the past four seasons. Last season, he led the team's forwards in short-handed time on ice with 2:39 per game.
Adams has spent parts of the past five seasons with the Penguins and was a member of the franchise' 2009 Stanley Cup championship team.
Accoring to CapGeek.com, the Penguins have $676,667 of salary cap space for the 2013-14 season. For the 2014-15, the Penguins are scheduled to have $53.025 million committed to 11 players.
-EN Says: Sarcastically, a Penguins employee once told us, "Craig [Adams] is in Dan [Bylsma's] will."
Bylsma is very committed to Craig Adams as a fourth-line player in five-on-five play as well as on the penalty kill. And for a dirt-cheap (relatively speaking) rate of $700,000, it's hard to argue against bringing him back.
Adams is a very big part of this team's dressing as well. Few players on this roster are respected more. Adams's teammates look up to him for his reckless approach to his game as well as his work with the NHLPA during the lockout.
Questions still persist about the team's third line. With Tyler Kennedy being traded earlier this week and Matt Cooke remaining unsigned, the team could use another winger for a third-line role as well as for the penalty kill. After the signing of Rob Scuderi this afternoon, the Penguins could stand to move a defenseman such as Deryk Engelland, Matt Niskanen or Brooks Orpik who each have one year left on their contracts.