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Penguins add center depth with Derek Grant signing

Jonathan Bombulie
| Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5:54 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant waits for a face-off against the Dallas Stars during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant waits for a face-off against the Dallas Stars during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The Penguins added depth at the center position Thursday, signing free agent Derek Grant to a one-year contract worth $650,000.

Grant, 28, established himself as a full-time NHL player last season with Anaheim, recording 12 goals and 24 points in 66 games. He won 53.1 percent of his faceoffs and averaged about 11 minutes of ice time per game, including shifts on the power play and penalty kill.

With the addition of Grant and Matt Cullen in free agency to Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, the Penguins have four options to play center in the bottom six.

Keep up with the Pittsburgh Penguins all season long.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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