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Penguins sign penalty-killing forward Park

The Penguins announced Thursday that they signed forward Richard Park.

Park's one-year contract is a two-way deal and will be worth $550,000 if he makes the team.

A speedy forward drafted in the second round by the Penguins in 1994, Park entered the NHL in 1995. He has 95 goals and 132 assists in 684 career games.

Park's best attribute is his ability to kill penalties, and he has 14 career short-handed goals. The Penguins led the league in penalty killing last season but lost Max Talbot, one of their valuable forwards on that unit, to Philadelphia.

Park has played with the Penguins, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver and the New York Islanders. He played last season with Geneve Servette of the Swiss league, posting 15 goals and 19 assists in 47 games.

He had nine goals and a career-high 22 assists with the Islanders in 2009-10. Park scored at least 10 goals in three of his four seasons with the Islanders.

He was the second player born in South Korea to reach the NHL. The first was a former Penguin: defenseman Jim Paek.

Early camp practices to be open

The Penguins report for training camp in a week, and the first two practices will be free and open to the public.

Fans are welcome to attend practice at Consol Energy Center on Sept. 17 and 18. Practice both days begins at 9 a.m., with intrasquad scrimmages set for 10.

Select concession stands will be open, as will PensGear, the team's official store. The box office will be open each of those days. Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

Rookie tourney this weekend

A rookie tournament involving the Penguins will begin this weekend in Oshawa, Ontario.

Players are gathering Friday at Consol Energy Center before making the trip to suburban Toronto, where they will play prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. The Penguins' first game is 2 p.m. Saturday against Ottawa.

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