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Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Three Defensemen and A Forward

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced earlier today that they have re-signed forward Eric Tangradi, and defensemen Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo, and Alex Grant to one-year, two-way contracts.

Two-way means that the amount the player makes is dependent upon where he is assigned to play (NHL or AHL, ECHL) with a higher salary if the player is assigned to the NHL.  In contrast, with a one-way contract a player is paid the same amount regardless of where he is assigned to play.

Here’s a breakdown of the contract numbers (at the NHL level):

Tangradi – $726,000
Strait – $605,000
Bortuzzo – $525,000
Grant – $525,000

Tangradi is the player with the most NHL experience out of the four players that were re-signed with 24 regular season games  and two playoff games played in the 2011-12 season last year.  And although there has still been some talk about him making the NHL roster this year, I really don’t see that happening especially with the length and amount of this current contract.  He has had more than enough of a chance to prove himself and break into the NHL lineup up to this point.  I believe this contract only solidifies the fact that Tangradi will be spending the majority of his time in the AHL for the Penguins affiliate in Wilkes Barre Scranton and that he will continue to be occasionally called up to fill gaps when needed.

That would also be the case with Strait, Bortuzzo, and Grant; however, it would seem that these defensemen would have a better chance breaking into the NHL roster this season since Pittsburgh is in need of more blueliners in their lineup.  Strait being the most experienced out of the three defensemen with nine regular season games and three playoff games under his belt this past year while Bortuzzo only played once in the NHL in the 2011-12 season and Grant being the least experienced not having played any games in the NHL.

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