The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils forward Matt D’Agostini. The team’s executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the move on Wednesday. D’Agostini will receive a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Penguins.
D’Agostini and the Blues parted ways during the 2012-13 season, when he was shipped to the Devils to finish off the year.
During the NHL lockout, D’Agostini suited up for SC Riessersee in Germany and tallied eight points in ten games. He failed to impress during the NHL season with only six points in 26 regular-season games. Because of his disappointing performance, the Devils decided against extending a qualifying offer at the conclusion of the season.
While D’Agostini has been struggling since his breakout year with the Blues, he is still 26-years-old with plenty of potential. He also comes at a very cheap price that makes the low-risk move a no-brainer for the Penguins.
After losing Jerome Iginla and Matt Cooke in free agency, adding the Canadian winger is a solid move to boost the depth along the front line.