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Penguins sign center Jean-Sebastien Dea

Jonathan Bombulie
| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Penguins forward Jean-Sebastien Dea (left) and Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen take a faceoff during the first period of their preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Chicago.
Penguins forward Jean-Sebastien Dea (left) and Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen take a faceoff during the first period of their preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Chicago.

The Penguins signed the last of their seven restricted free agents, announcing a one-year, two-way contract with center Jean-Sebastien Dea on Monday. It will pay him $650,000 when he's in the NHL.

Dea, 23, has been a regular with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the past two years, averaging 19 goals per season. He made his NHL debut in last year's regular-season finale against the New York Rangers. Dea is expected to be part of a group of call-up options at the center position led by free-agent acquisition Greg McKegg, second-year pro Teddy Blueger and rookie Adam Johnson.

Conor Sheary and Brian Dumoulin had the most complicated restricted free agent negotiations this offseason, nearly heading to arbitration before re-signing. The other Penguins RFAs who received new contracts were Justin Schultz, Derrick Pouliot, Frankie Corrado and Josh Archibald.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @BombulieTrib.

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