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Penguins re-sign Hobey Baker finalist Hartzell

Jul 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Eric Hartzell AP

Pittsburgh is hanging on to one of college hockey’s biggest stars from last season.

The team announced they’ve re-signed goalie Eric Hartzell to a two-year contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level, should he make it there. He signed with the Penguins following his tremendous senior season at Quinnipiac.

Hartzell made a name for himself leading the Bobcats to their first ever national championship game and winding up a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s best player. He was also a first-team All-American last year as well and was the ECAC’s Player of the Year.

Expect to see Hartzell compete for the starting job at Wilkes Barre-Scranton in the AHL next season with last season’s No. 1 there, Jeff Zatkoff.

  1. pensman29 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Hope Hartzell gets the job in the ahl he could be a future starter someday.

  2. cheesesteak75 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Great move! This kid gets better and better every year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some playing time at the NHL level this year.

  3. BurkieInBoston - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Nice insurance in case Fleury continues in his rut moving forward.

  4. oruacat2 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    He really impressed me throughout the NCAA tournament this year, but after Yale scored that first goal and burst that aura-of-invincibility, the kid looked downright mediocre.

    Still, I wish him the best and a long, successful NHL career.

  5. rushledger - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Can never have enough depth in net, I like this, definitely smart.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    He looked fairly decent in the prospect scrimmage that took place at Consol this afternoon

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    So is this a fleury replacement?

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I was really hoping the Flyers would reel this kid in last season, as they were thought to be the front runners for his services before Shero swooped in. It really surprised me as you’d think he’d have an easier track to the NHL with the Flyers. But it’s the Pens gain. I watched him a few times and the kid atleast looks to have a future as a backup in the NHL. Smart move by Pittsburgh. Solid insurance for Fleury.

  9. mendenhallfumblemachine - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Chill out this has nothing to do with Fleury. Just adding the kid because he’s an improvement on the goaltending depth they have currently.

    Trying to read too much into a simple moves sometimes.

  10. ironcity6pak - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I really think Shero is trying hard to to move flower. I say do it, they need a change in net and can’t afford two goalies at a starting salary. Move flower and shed some much needed cap space and keep Vokoun for one more year.

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