Penguins Re-Sign Jeffrey, Add And Enforcer
Word through the weekend was that Dustin Jeffrey was close to re-signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yesterday, he did just that.
According to the Post-Gazette Jeffrey’s contract is for two years at a $575,000 cap hit. The first year is a two-way deal, paying him different salaries at the NHL and AHL levels, while the second year is a one-way deal, paying him the same amount whether he plays in the NHL or AHL.
Jeffrey spent 25 games with the NHL Penguins last season, scoring an impressive seven goals in various roles. He added another five assists for a total of 12 points. He will start the 2011-12 season on injured reserves as he continues to rehabilitate from a knee injury suffered late last season.
Penguins Add Enforcer
Later in the day, news broke that free agent enforcer Eric Godard, who spent the last three seasons in Pittsburgh, signed with the Dallas Stars, offically leaving the Penguins with a void in the toughness department.
Unsurprisingly, Penguins general manager Ray Shero, known for his love of big, physical players, responded by signing a new enforcer, Steve MacIntyre, to a one year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Like Jeffrey, he will be paid less if he plays in the AHL.
MacIntyre, a 6’5, 250-pounder, is known almost exclusively for his fighting skills. In his three year NHL career, he has played in 78 games, totaling two goals, two assists, and 157 penalty minutes.
While not widely known across the NHL just yet, MacIntyre is one of the league’s most dominating fighters, winning the vast majority of his scraps, many with legitimate heavyweights.
Below, view what might be his most impressive fight, which resulted in Raitis Ivanans being knocked out.