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Pens sign Kostopoulos — one year, $600k

Mar 5, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with veteran forward Tom Kostopoulos on a one-year, two-way, $600,000 deal, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Kostopoulos, 34, had been playing with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a professional try out, appearing in 17 games and notching 3G-4A-7PTS.

A veteran of over 600 NHL games, Kostopoulos was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in 1999 and spent four seasons with the organization before moving to Los Angeles in 2005-06.

He spent last season in Calgary, scoring 4G-8A-12PTS in 81 games.

According to the Penguins website, Kostopoulos will be placed on waivers on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. If he clears, he’ll be re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday afternoon.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Why.

    why.

    • bmscalise - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      For depth in WBS. That’s why.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        I highly doubt that they bring in a 34 year old plugger (we have enough of those to fill 7 lines now at WBS and in Pittsburgh) to take one of the few contract spots left in order to “build depth”. The moves they’re making right now are making me nervous.

      • letsgopens8771 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Yeah. I don’t really see a scenario where we would really need him. He still have Jeffery, Bennett, and the four depth players that Shero signed in the offseason: Riley Holzapfel, Warren Peters, Phillippe the other Dupuis, and Trevor Smith.

      • letsgopens8771 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I meant “we” instead of “he”, sorry.

  2. Stiller43 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    If hes on a two way deal, why would he be exposed to waivers?

    Doesnt that mean they can bring him him and send him down at will?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      No, it sounds like that’s what it should mean but no. The “2-way” contract only refers to the salary structure where a player is making a certain amount in the NHL and a different amount in the AHL. The 1-or-2-way contract status has nothing to do with whether the player can be brought up and sent down without waivers. That has to do with number of games played in the NHL and age.

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Ahh thanks withdrawal

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