The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Chuck Kobasew to a professional tryout contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Kobasew’s addition brings the Penguins’ training camp roster to 55 players (31 forwards; 18 defensemen; 6 goaltenders).
Kobasew, 31, spent the previous two seasons playing for the Colorado Avalanche, totaling 23 points (12G-11A) in 95 regular-season contests. His plus-6 rating in 2012-13 ranked first among all Avalanche forwards.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Kobasew enjoyed his best NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins in 2007-08 and ’08-09, surpassing the 20-goal mark both years and establishing a career high with 42 points (21G-21A) in ’08-09.
Any time you can add a former 20-goal scorer, it can't hurt. The Pens also have a lack of depth among forwards after losing Jarome Iginla, Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy and Brenden Morrow this off-season, so they could use some new faces.
Whether or not that's Kobasew remains to be seen, but the odds seem stacked against him. On a tryout deal, Kobasew has a huge mountain to climb and basically has to win out a spot against lower-line wingers who already have contracts like Jussi Jokinen, Matt D'Agostini, Tanner Glass and Dustin Jeffrey. It'll be long odds that Kobasew makes the Pens, but hey, camp competition is the name of the game. This should help push some players and the Pens will take a better roster into the regular season.