Two of the Penguins' much maligned bottom-six forwards have found work elsewhere.
Joe Vitale (above) has signed a three-year contract worth $3.35 million with the Coyotes. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000, Vitale's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $1,116,667. In 53 games last season, Vitale, 28, had 14 points (one goal, 13 assists).
A seventh round pick of the Penguins in 2005, Vitale spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins at the NHL level. In 163 career regular season games he scored 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists).
The man who occupied the locker stall next to Vitale in Consol Energy Center has left as well. Tanner Glass has signed a three-year contract worth $4.35 million.
Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.1 million, Glass' new deal will have a cap hit of $1.45 million. In 67 games last season, Glass, 30, had 13 points (four goals, nine assists).
In two seasons with the Penguins, Glass (right) appeared in 86 regular season games and and 19 points.
-EN Says: The writing was on the wall for each of the players who were pretty popular under the previous management. With the current management placing an emphasis on analytics, advanced statistics, at least the ones the general public has access too, don't reflect well for either player.
Vitale seems set to to fill in on the Coyotes' fourth line with the team presumably parting ways with unrestricted free agent center Jeff Halpern. He'll be asked to do what he did in Pittsburgh; Win faceoffs and forecheck.
For the Rangers, having parted ways with fourth-line energy forward Derek Dorsett, they'll need Glass to fill in that role. He's not great with the puck but he is an effective forechecker, shot blocker and a fighter. He is also reunited with head coach Alain Vigneault who he played for with the Canucks.