By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are making moves as NHL free agency gets underway.
To start the free agency period, the Penguins brought back a familiar face.
They re-signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $1 million contract.
The 28-year-old completed his first season with Pittsburgh last year, appearing in 35 games where he picked up seven goals, seven assists, and 14 points.
Forward Dominik Simon was signed to a one-year, two-way contract, which carries an average annual value of $750,000. The 26-year-old is returning to Pittsburgh after spending one season with the Flames.
In his last season with the Penguins in 2019-20, Simon recorded 7 goals and 15 points for 22 points in 64 games.
The Penguins also signed 27-year-old Brock McGinn, who last played with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was signed to a four-year contract with an annual value of $2.75 million.
McGinn spent his entire NHL career in Carolina, scoring 51 goals and 55 assists for 106 points in six seasons with the Hurricanes.
In the 2021 season, he scored 8 goals and 5 assists for 13 points.
Collegiate goaltender Filip Lindberg has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pens. The 22-year-old played with the University of Massachusetts last season.
Lindberg's 1.24 goals-against average and .949 save percentage were both career highs and best in the entire NCAA.
The 22-year-old goalie was a crucial part of the University of Massachusetts winning the 2021 NCAA National Championship at the Frozen Four, which was held here in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena.
A defenseman was also brought on Wednesday. The Pens signed Taylor Fedun to a one-year, two-way contract that carries an average annual value of $750,000. Fedun has appeared in 127 NHL games, recording eight goals, 27 assists, and 35 points.
On Thursday, the Pens added forward Michael Chaput on a one-year, two-way contract. The 29-year-old Quebec native spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes organization. He split his time between their main roster and taxi squad.
The team has also added forward Danton Heinen on a one-year contract.
In addition to players, the Penguins have also brought in a new director of amateur scouting.
Nick Pryor, 30, is the son of Pittsburgh's director of player personnel Chris Pryor, will head up amateur scouting efforts in both North America and Europe.
Pryor has spent the last eight seasons working as an amateur scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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