Pittsburgh add depth to the roster, outpacing the Penguins, welcoming forward Evan Rodrigues


PITTSBURGH – Ivan Rodrigues is back where he once went.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed a 27-year-old one-year deal on Friday for $ 700,000, less than two months after Pittsburgh sent him to Toronto as part of a trade that took Kasparni Kapen to Pittsburgh He Came.

The Penguins originally acquired Rodrigues from Buffalo in February, sending Dominic Cahun to Saber for Rodrigues and Connor Sheary. Rodrigues had one goal in seven matches during his first term with Pittsburgh.

The Penguins also signed Mark Jankowski on a $ 700,000 contract for a one-year contract and Josh Curry on a two-way contract for $ 700,000.

Jankowski spent the first four years of his career in Calgary, where he scored 36 goals in 208 games with 28 assists. Curry, who turned 28 later this month, appeared in 21 matches for Edmonton during the 2018–19 season and spent the last year with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Pittsburgh is in the midst of a minor reset that upset Montreal by four-games in the qualifying round of the playoffs. General Manager Jim Rutherford made it clear after the loss to the Canadians that changes to the roster were overdue, and he has been creative with it ever since.

The team has little to spend in free agency and has instead focused on making a splash in the business market. Penguin has competed with two-time Stanley Cup winners Patrick Hornkvist and Matt Murray in recent weeks.

“I think we’re making headway,” Rutherford said. “Other teams are also taking the lead. We are not going to stop now.”

Rutherford said he sees Rodrigues and Janakowski working in the third line with Jared McCann. Pittsburgh will continue to explore depth options on defense, most notably for a right-handed shot.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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