Pens sign forward Matt D'Agostini to one year contract

Jonathan Daniel

Free agent frenzy is slow but the Pens add some depth today with the signing of forward Matt D'Agostini

Not a ton going on in Penguin world these days, but this signing today might make a little noise. From the team:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Matt D’Agostini to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal has an average annual value of $550,000.

D’Agostini, 26, split the 2012-13 season playing for the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. He tallied two points (1G-1A) in 13 regular-season games with the Blues and four points (2G-2A) in 13 games with the Devils.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the 6-foot, 201-pound D’Agostini also suited up for 10 games with SC Riessersee in Germany at the beginning of the ’12-13 season, posting eight points (2G-6A) in 10 games.

D’Agostini had his best season with St. Louis in ’10-11, establishing careers highs with 82 games played, 21 goals, 25 assists, 46 points, six power-play goals and five game-winning tallies. His 21 goals that season were third-most on the team

Ironically that 2010-11 stat-line for D'Agostini looks mighty similiar to the one that ex-Penguin Tyler Kennedy put up that same year- TK put up 21 goals, 24 assists.

We'll see if this is depth or a potential big deal, last week the Penguins also added a couple of depth forwards in Andrew Ebbett, Nick Drazenovic and Bobby Farnham. Ebbett stood out to me as a guy who put up 32 points in 48 games for Anaheim a few weeks back. Given the Pens lack of "tweener" forward depth last season, adding guys like D'Agostini, Ebbett and Harry Zolnierczyk give the Pens some options.

And for a team that is influx in terms of bottom six forwards, there's always the chance to stand out and make the NHL team.

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