By the inactivity in free agency so far, I have to think they are working on getting Sid an extension right now. I really don't like that we have lost a good bit of our grit and toughness with nothing in return.
We’re not going to apologize for caring. We’re not.
Pens pick up two guys over the weekend and it looks like SF58 gets his enforcer.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Boris Valabik to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Valabik’s contract is a two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Valabik, 25, split the 2010-11 season between the Chicago Wolves and Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL), notching 11 assists and 189 penalty minutes in 59 regular-season games between the teams.
Valabik, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound blueliner, began this past season as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers organization while suiting up for Chicago of the AHL. On Feb. 18, Valabik was traded to the Boston organization in a deal that also brought forward Rich Peverley to the Bruins in exchange for forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart.
A native of Nitra, Slovakia, Valabik was selected by the Thrashers in the first round (10th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Valabik spent parts of three seasons skating with the Thrashers from 2007-10, collecting seven assists and 210 penalty minutes in 80 NHL games.
Valabik has spent the majority of his pro career with Chicago (AHL). Overall, Valabik has appeared in 184 AHL regular-season games, notching 31 points (4G-27A) and 633 penalty minutes. He was a vital member of the Wolves’ 2007-08 Calder Cup championship squad, scoring three goals and four points in 24 postseason contests.
Prior to joining the Thrashers organization, Valabik played three seasons of junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Valabik played 163 regular-season games with the Rangers, amassing 29 points (4G-25A) and 725 penalty minutes. He added two assists in 25 postseason games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Colin McDonald to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
McDonald’s contract is a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
McDonald, 26, spent the 2010-11 season with the Edmonton Oilers’ top minor-league affiliate – the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL). McDonald led the AHL with 42 goals and added 16 assists for 58 points in 80 games. McDonald’s goal, assist and point totals were all career highs.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McDonald played two games at the NHL level with Edmonton during the 2009-10 season, scoring one goal.
McDonald, who hails from Wethersfield, CT, has spent the majority of the past four seasons in the AHL after being drafted by Edmonton in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to this season, he played three seasons with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. In 306 career AHL games, McDonald has posted 76 goals, 60 assists and 126 points.
McDonald played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Providence College, notching 77 points (43G-34A) in 135 games with the Friars. His father, Gerry McDonald, also saw action in the NHL, playing eight games for the Hartford Whalers between 1981-84.
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