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Penguins sign forward Kobasew, recall Bennett

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 10:14 a.m.
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The Penguins' Chuck Kobasew moves past the Blackhawks' Teuvo Teravainen during a preseason game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, left, is called for a holding penalty as he tries tostop Colorado Avalanche right wing Chuck Kobasew in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Friday, March 8, 2013.

The Penguins have signed veteran forward Chuck Kobasew to a one-year contract worth $550,000.

Kobasew was invited to camp on a professional tryout contract. His speed was noticeable throughout camp, as he emerged as one of the Penguins' better options in their bottom-six rotation. He scored two goals in the exhibition opener at Columbus and later saw time playing with center Sidney Crosby.

Kobasew, 31, most recently played with the Colorado Avalanche. He figures to begin the season on the third or fourth line, as the Penguins have not internally replaced wingers Matt Cooke, Brenden Morrow, Tyler Kennedy and Jarome Iginla, all of whom left via free agency or trade during the summer.

The Penguins have also recalled forward Beau Bennett from Wheeling — he was there because of a procedural salary camp move — and have sent defenseman Harrison Ruopp and forward Chris Conner to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Forward Matt D'Agostini has been placed on injured reserve.

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