The Penguins signed four restricted free agents to one-year, two-way contracts Thursday.
Left wing Eric Tangradi and defensemen Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant signed deals that were essentially formalities.
Tangradi has been in Pittsburgh for two weeks and recently said he was confident a deal was imminent. His contract is worth $726,000 at the NHL level.
Strait, who has looked solid in 12 NHL games, inked a deal worth $605,000 at the NHL level. Bortuzzo and Grant signed deals that will pay $525,000 at the NHL level.
Tangradi, 23, has scored one goal in 40 NHL games. But the Penguins remain hopeful he can become a regular contributor at the NHL level. General manager Ray Shero mentioned in July that Tangradi is a legitimate candidate to replace left wing Steve Sullivan in a “top-six” role.
Note: The NHL released its national television schedule Thursday and, should the season start on time, the Penguins will be prominently featured. NBC will broadcast up to five Penguins' games on Sunday afternoons, and the Penguins will be on NBC or the NBC Sports Network 17 times.
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1975.
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