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Dustin Jeffrey, Penguins agree to one-year deal

Jul 18, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

Dustin Jeffrey #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck in front of P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 26, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(March 25, 2013 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that 25-year-old forward Dustin Jeffrey has agreed to a one-year, $625,000 contract.

That gives the Penguins 12 forwards signed to one-way deals for the 2013-14 campaign.

Jeffrey was a dominant player offensively in the AHL, but the Penguins have used him primarily as a depth forward. He scored three goals and six points in 24 games while averaging 11:31 minutes per contest last season. The team didn’t use him during the 2013 playoff run.

Of the players that contributed to the Penguins last season, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is the only remaining restricted free agent. Unlike Jeffrey, Bortuzzo filed for arbitration and has a hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are interested in locking Bortuzzo up to a multi-year deal, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I enjoy watching Bortuzzo play. He shows a lot of heart out on the ice.

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    since they cant promise bortuzzo a spot, i dont blame him for going to arbitration. of course the penguins would love to sign him to a multi-year deal, but if he and his agent think he’s ready to be a regular, he might want the option to have a better gaurantee of that elsewhere after this upcoming season.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I think he deserves and fits well for a regular spot on the team. Curious on how this will all play out come October.

  4. ironman721 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Good move!

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