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Panthers sign Pinizzotto to one-year, two-way deal

Aug 5, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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The Panthers have added another center to battle for their fourth line job.

The team announced the signing of former Canucks forward Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year, two-way contract. Last season, he made his NHL debut playing in 12 games for Vancouver and earning zero points but 29 penalty minutes. The former R.I.T. Tiger has earned his way through the ECHL and AHL by playing a grinding, hard-nosed brand of hockey.

With Florida’s top three center spots likely being taken up by Aleksander Barkov, Shawn Matthias, and Marcel Goc he’ll be challenging guys like Drew Shore, Nick Bjugstad, and recently signed Scott Gomez for a spot on the fourth line. With that competition being stiff, it’s possible he’ll wind up back in the AHL.

  1. makais - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    hopefully it works out for him

  2. withseidelinn - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    This guy taught me how to play hockey during the summer where I grew up in Oakville, Ontario. Absolutely unreal to see this guy make it to the show.

  3. bizzmoneyb - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    another guy with ZERO offense. he’ll fit in perfectly.

    • elvispocomo - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I wouldn’t say zero offence (especially with the ALL CAPS emphasis), although just how much he’d contribute as a 4th liner in the NHL is definitely debatable. He’s a good contributor at the AHL level, and would be more likely to make it in the NHL as a winger anyway, but will offer other things besides goals.

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