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.