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Welcome back: Pens sign Eaton — one year, $750k

Feb 25, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

Mark Eaton Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins dipped into their past on Monday, signing Mark Eaton — a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup championship squad — to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

Eaton, 35, recently completed a professional try out with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was practicing with the Pens, speculating a deal might be in his future.

A veteran of over 600 regular-season contests, Eaton spent four years with the Penguins (2006-10), playing a vital role in their ’09 Cup victory. He tied for the team lead for goals by a defenseman (four) and finished third behind Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang for d-man scoring (seven points).

Eaton also posted his finest NHL season in Pittsburgh, posting career-highs in games played (79), assists (13) and points (16) during the 2009-10 campaign.

He left Pittsburgh following the ’10 season, signing a two-year, $5 million deal with the Islanders. During his time in New York, Eaton posted one goal, six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 96 games.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Thats a lot of money for someone who stinks !

    • upyoursnfu - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Look at the,picture….he’s holding the Stanley Cup. Haven’t week that in Filthadelphia in a looooooooong time

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Great explanation for defending the signing of a guy who is now old and stinks ! Pens fans are truley idiots !

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Do not engage the troll upyoursnfu!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        dbag I could show you a picture of chris chelios holding the cup too, but I wouldn’t sign him !

  2. sportsfreak13 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Troll alert! eigglesnosuperbowls is just seeking attention. Fight the urge and do not engage in conversation. DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      No troll alert here I tell the doucheapocolyspe what they want to hear then ! Smart move,great pick up ,adds depth ,got so much for giving up so little !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Ahh Maan I was gonna add veteran leadership in the room but I though it would be to obvious but,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,shur enough the douchapocalpse went and said it anyway !

  3. ironman721 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    🚨⚠Warning we have another eigglenobrains Troll Advisory on a Pens article. This person is considered extremely stupid! Do not engage him in direct conversation. Doing so has been know to serious decrease in intelligence. 🚓🚔

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      The doucheapocalpse wins minus 5 in 6 games at scranton I agree with you’s its a great pick up !

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Sounds just like the gomez pickup the sharks got. Hopefully this works out better for the pens. Lol

  5. letsgopens8771 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I am interested to see what Eaton can do. Obviously he will be a depth d-man for the Pens but hopefully he is still who he once was back in ’09.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      The move has very little to do with what Eaton will produce statistically. That 750k is meant to tutor Simon Despres and to a lesser extent Robert Bortuzzo so they are more sound in their own end. He will act as a player coach to them during both practice and games.

      In addition, the Eaton signing also allows them to move Engelland. Bortuzzo is not the fighter Engelland is but he is better defensively and still brings a fiesty attitude that is willing to get in opponents faces and trade blows if neccessary.

      Engelland will probably end up being part of the deal that lands the top 6 winger the penguins need to plug onto the Malkin line or onto the Crosby line after shifting Kunitz to the Malkin Line.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      im not interested in what he can do, if we were looking for a man to plug in we wouldnt have traded lovejoy or let strait go this off season. i wouldnt be surprised if eaton is one day a d coach for pens organization down the road. he will be a good guy to have in practice but i dont see him contributing too much on the ice. and 750k is league minimum for a veteran

  6. pens919209 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Eaton hopefully will give the Pens some veteran leadership and be a calming influence both on the blue line and in the locker room… something they’ve lacked lately (especially when they play the Flyers).

  7. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I like Eaton a lot – but did we need this, though? Something isn’t adding up. Traded Lovejoy, but brought up Reese who did fine, so we still have 8 defenders (although I think they sent Reese back down)…did I miss something, or is there a possible trade coming I wonder.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      There is a possible trade coming.

      The Lovejoy trade was made because while he is a decent player, he does not have any traits that make him a more attractive option to start over guys like Bortuzzo and Despres who need playing time and mentoring from a more experienced veteran……Which is what Eaton was brought in for.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Yeah this kind of surprised me too. I thought the back end of the Blue line was already to crowded as it is (or at least it is until they wise up and start scratching Engo).

      So now the final pairing will be made up of some combination of Eaton, Despres, Borts, and Engelland? Despres and Borts should be playing as is.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I remember back when Eaton started his career with the Flyers. Then of course moved on to the darkside and won a cup. Steady, stay-at-home type and will provide some solid depth for the Pens. Not a bad pickup.

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