On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward and former Blue St. Louis Matt D’Agostini, to a one year deal for $550,000.
D’Agostini was traded to the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline when there was no longer a roster spot for him with the St. Louis Blues.
In 2010-11 D’Agostini managed to net 21 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. That was D’Agostini’s only full NHL season as he would slip down the depth chart in 2011-12.
After being acquired by New Jersey late in the season in 2013, D’Agostini scored two goals and two assists in his 13 appearances.
In order for the Devils to retain D’Agostini, who became a restricted free agent this season, they would have had to send him a qualifying offer of $1.8 million, which the Devils deemed too high.
In the free agent market many overlooked D’Agostini due to his inability to secure a roster spot with the Blues.
As Blues fans know, Dags is a solid performer when he sees ice time and this could be a great pickup for the Penguins.
D’Agostini is sure to be in their bottom six, but is a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Pens.
We want to wish the best of luck to Matt D’Agostini in Pittsburgh and hope that he gets a chance to lift the cup while playing alongside Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and the other all-stars in Pitt.
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