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Pittsburgh signs D’Agostini: one year, $550,000

Jul 10, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

D'Agostini

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made an interesting move at forward, signing former Montreal, St. Louis and New Jersey forward Matt D’Agostini to a one-year, $550,000 deal.

D’Agostini, 26, has two very solid NHL seasons on his resume. In 2008-09, he scored 12 goals and 21 points in just 53 games for the Canadiens, and appeared in three postseason contests.

In 2010-11, he posted a career-high 21 goals and 46 points in 82 games with the Blues, finishing third on the team in tallies behind David Backes and Patrik Berglund.

The last two years, however, have been filled with disappointment.

D’Agostini fell out of favor in St. Louis during the 2011-12 campaign, and was shipped to New Jersey this past March.

He failed to make much of an impact with the Devils, scoring just four points in 13 games, and wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the club in late June.

With the signing, D’Agostini becomes the 12th Pittsburgh forward under contract for 2013-14, though the club still has RFA Dustin Jeffrey to deal with.

  1. spetznaz777 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    i like dags, hes a good player. may he get back on track in pitt!

  2. letsgopens8771 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Awesome! Put him on the third line with Sutter and Vitale! Sure he has struggled, but I see him as a depth guy who can add speed. I have confidence in him that he can pick it up. Hopefully this signing can signal Jussi Jokinens exit via trade because he is not a 3rd line winger. here is what the pens lines should be next year:

    Bennett-Crosby-Duper
    Kunitz-Geno-Neal
    Vitale-Sutter-D’Agostini
    Harry Z-Adams-Glass

    Why Bennett and Sid instead of Kunitz? Geno, Neal, and Bennett all do not play defense. If put together, you would have a line of all guys who want to carry the puck, beat everyone, and score. You need to have Bennett flanking Sid because Sid and Dupuis both are two way players that can play some defense. I was hoping that the Pens would have signed a gritty 3rd line winger like Kyle Clifford. Not sure what D’Agostini brings in terms of grit but he will do fine.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      i’m not so sure zolnierczyk is an automatic 4th liner, he’s pretty good defensively and good replacement for cooke. vitale on the 3rd line is a stretch, i wouldnt be surprised if he is still the 13th forward if jeffrey re-signs. jokinen is interchangeable and really good on faceoffs so he could be in for more minutes and in more situations than vitale.

      i’m interested to see who’s gonna kill penalties and if they are gonna make sutter play more minutes on the pk

      adams and dupuis
      zolnierczyk and sutter/glass?

    • c9castine - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I thought you were joking about sutter-vitale until I read on. This could be a really good signing to add meat to our 3rd and 4th lines, but I would expectour3rd line to be jokinen-sutter-d’agostini/Jeffry 45) line glass-Adams-d’agostini/Jeffry/whoever. Jokinen can play that role well as he is responsible in all zone sand is very good on face offs to supplement sutter. When another team is paying Part of a players salary who has scored 65 points in the nhl, you don’t freakin trade him.

    • thestatsgeek - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      where’s jokinen?

  3. steelbloggin - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Like this pick up for the Pens. Dupuis was an afterthought throw in with the Hossa trade and look what he’s done there. Hoping that Dags can mimic the same growth and production. Definatley got him on the cheap and short term investment.

  4. stcrowe - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I have liked D’Agostini since he was in the OHL. He has talent. I know that it hasn’t consistently translated with three NHL teams now, but it is there. I just hope that he finds his niche in Pittsburgh. There shouldn’t be a lot of doubt about his place in the lineup, and his role. I can see him as a consistent 15-20 goal scorer as a bottom six forward.

  5. ironcity6pak - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Pe a will get him back on track then use him in a package deal at the trade deadline

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Hey! Look at what the Pens did with Jokinen. I mean, if you’re looking to reignite a former offensive spark you once had, Pittsburgh is high on the list of places you want to be. And he’s signed for the league minimum. Can’t get much cheaper than that!

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    @letsgopens8771 you my friend are an idiot simply put. I guess you would rather have a player a whose best at faceoffs in Vitale and not a player who is good at faceoffs but is also very flexible and can produce in Jokinen. Jokinen was a steal as a trade. He’s a much more proven player unlike Vitale and is better at producing.

    Some penguin fans on here are smart and have hockey sense and some aren’t the brightest in terms of hockey sense.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Not an idiot…Pens need defense. WE DONT NEED HELP SCORING GOALS, USE COMMON SENSE!! You dont need freaking Einstein to tell you that. We have too many snipers like Jokinen. Pens need to get back to that gritty style of play that won them a Cup in 2009. Vitale has speed and can hit. Yes, Jokinen was a steal at the deadline, but he is NOT a 3rd liner. Yes he is good at faceoffs, but Sutter is meant to be the L3 center. We have almost no cap space, and moving Jokinens 2.1 mil cap hit and getting some good prospects and draft picks would benefit the Pens.

      If he transforms his game, I will believe, but I want to see us focus on defense a lot more than the last few years, especially in the Playoffs.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Good cheap pickup. Not one of Shero’s headline grabbing moves, but you need guys like this in the lineup. He should fit well in the bottom-6, and maybe get his career back on track.

  9. ironman721 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Solid and cheap. Just what they needed.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    @letsgopens8771 well then if he’s not a 3rd line player then what line does he deserve? Vitale is a 4th line player not a 3rd liner slick. Tell me this would you rather have 60 point scorer on your team or a 10-20 point scorer instead. Jokinen will stay and Niskanen & the ECHL guy will go.

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