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Penguins promote scout, add defenseman

| Thursday, July 8, 2010

Organizational stability is a big factor in the Penguins' success, and the team has made sure a couple of important figures are remaining on the payroll.

Derek Clancey has been promoted to director of professional scouting and Andre Savard is also back as a pro scout.

Clancey and Savard are both highly regarded and have been with the squad for several seasons.

"I couldn't be happier," Clancey said. "As far as I'm concerned, Pittsburgh is second to none as an organization. To be here and to work with people like Ray Shero, Dan Bylsma, Tommy Fitzgerald and (Jason) Botterill is just great. They're as good as it gets."

Savard was an assistant coach for the Penguins under Michel Therrien and was moved to a pro scout position after Therrien's firing in February of 2009.

The former general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Savard is highly respected and Clancey is thrilled to have him on the staff.

"Andre brings a wealth of knowledge," Clancey said. "He has a ton of experience to draw from and he just has a great feel for the game. He's a great person to have around."

Clancey and Savard will work closely with Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon and pro scout Kevin Stevens.

Although Clancey is being promoted, his job doesn't figure to change much. There still will be loads of travel and the filing of constant reports of players around North America.

"It's a lot of getting around and watching hockey," Clancey said. "We're certainly looking forward to getting back at it and working together."

Also yesterday, the Penguins continued to add some depth to the organization with another minor addition in free agency.

Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson has been signed to a two-way contract. He will make $500,000 if he makes the Penguins' NHL roster, and less if he starts the season in the minor leagues.

Hutchinson, 30, has produced 12 goals and 38 points in 135 NHL games. He last played in the NHL for the Dallas Stars.

The Penguins' top six defensemen are expected to be Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek, Alex Goligoski and Ben Lovejoy, though it appears that some legitimate NHL depth will be available with the likes of Hutchinson and Deryk Engelland.

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