Pittsburgh is starting to look a lot like Potsdam these days.
The Penguins have re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Marcel Goc to a one-year contract worth $1.2 million.
Goc, 30, is coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.7 million. Acquired from the Panthers at last season's trade deadline, Goc played in 74 games last season (combined between the Panthers and Penguins) and scored 25 points (11 goals, 13 assists).
To this point, Goc is the only unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Penguins. According to CapGeek.com, the Penguins have $8,330,833 of salary cap space remaining.
Goc, a native of Germany, has been joined on the Penguins by fellow countrymen Christian Ehrhoff and Thomas Greiss who joined the team as unrestricted free agents earlier in the day.
EN Says: This is a surprise, especially since he is accepting a pay cut and on a short-term deal. Goc showed a few flashes in his brief time with the Penguins which was marred by a leg injury which sidelined approximately a month.
When he was in the lineup he helped boost the team's overall numbers in the faceoff circle and allowed the team to use Brandon Sutter as a No. 2 center when Evgeni Malkin was bumped up to Sidney Crosby's line.
Once again, with this team now stressing analytics, the advanced statistics for Goc are solid for a player who has primarily been a bottom-six forward. Additionally, with new coach Mike Johnston stressing play down the middle of the ice, Goc will give the Penguins a strong presence at the center position on all four lines.
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