The Penguins started their free agent frenzy by signing Brandon Tanev to a massive six-year, $21 million contract earlier today. Now that GM Jim Rutherford has made his big splash, he has turned his attention to giving the organization more depth in the form of AHLers David Warsofsky and Andrew Agozzino.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Andrew Agozzino to two-year contracts, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The two-way deals both carry an average annual value of $700,000 at the NHL level.
”David and Andrew are two guys that are going to provide great depth for our organization,” said assistant general manager Bill Guerin. “They are both leaders that can help mentor some of our younger players. If there are injuries or trades, you need guys like David and Andrew, who have both NHL and AHL experience, to be able to come in and contribute. We’re lucky to get two guys with great experience in this role, and expect both of them to push to make the NHL roster out of training camp.”
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound defenseman has played in 55 career NHL games with Boston, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Colorado, tallying 11 points (2G-9A). His best NHL season came in 2017-18 with the Colorado Avalanche where he had five assists and was plus-4 in 16 games, and also dressed for four Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Agozzino, 28, spent the previous two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche organization, primarily playing with their AHL affiliate. As an alternate captain during the 2018-19 with the Colorado Eagles, the forward skated in 56 games and recorded team highs in goals (26), assists (34) and points (60). Agozzino also played in 11 games with the Avalanche last season, recording one goal and one assist.
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Agozzino has spent the majority of his career in the AHL skating for the Peoria Rivermen, Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage, Chicago Wolves and Colorado Eagles. In 467 career AHL games, he has recorded 146 goals, 206 assists and 352 points. Agozzino has also recorded six goals, three assists and nine points in 14 AHL playoff games. The forward is a two-time AHL All-Star, representing his team in 2013 and 2019.
The Kleinburg, Ontario native made his NHL debut during the 2014-15 season and has skated in 21 career NHL games, all with Colorado, recording one goal and four assists.
These transactions don’t break the bank and give the Baby Penguins some help in both departments. And in Warsofsky’s case, it’s always nice to bring a familiar face back into the organization who you can depend on in any scenario.
The Penguins now have approximately $1,592,500 left in open cap space, according to CapFriendly.