The Penguins have signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt D'Agostini (above) to a one-year contract worth $550,000. The deal is one-way.
D'Agostini, 26, appeared in 29 combined games last season with the Blues and Devils and scored six points (three goals, three assists).
Coming off a two-year contract with a cap hit of $1.65 million, D'Agostini (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) is two-year removed from a 2010-11 season in which he he scored 21 goals and 46 assists.
A few highlights:
-D'Agostini isn't afraid to drop the gloves occasionally:
-With this signing, the Penguins know have $126,667 of salary cap space for the 2013-14 season according to CapGeek.com.
-EN Says: Much like former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy, D'Agostini cashed in after a strong 2010-11 season but never lived up to the expectations for a larger contract. Unlike Kennedy, D'Agostini has a little size and a lot more natural scoring touch.
This could be a low-risk, high-reward signing. D'Agostini's strong 2011-10 season came under the watch of former coach Davis Payne who, like Dan Bylsma, operates under a pretty aggressive mindset. For most of the past two seasons, he played under Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis and Peter DeBoer in New Jersey who are more conservative. Under Bylmsa, D'Agostini could re-discover success.
A solid skater who can play all three forward positions, D'Agositini could ultimately be a replacement for Kennedy on the third line. That said, he doesn't have nearly the grit to his game that Kennedy supplied in Pittsburgh.
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