The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal runs through the 2014-15 campaign, and has an average annual value of $700,000.
Adams, 36, played in all 48 games with the Penguins during the 2012-13 season, where he served as an important part of the team’s penalty kill unit, leading team forwards with 2:39 shorthanded minutes per game during the regular season. Adams finished the year with three goals and six assists for nine points, while ranking third on the squad with 107 hits and second among Penguins forwards with 37 blocked shots.
During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the 6-foot, 197-pound winger appeared in all 15 games, leading the team with 3:34 shorthanded minutes, while registering one assist and 28 hits. Adams was plus or even in 14 of the team’s 15 postseason contests.
The Seria, Brunei Darussalam native has spent the past four-plus seasons with the Penguins after the team claimed him off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on March 4, 2009. That spring, Adams was a key ingredient in Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship team, contributing five points (3G-2A) in 24 postseason contests.
Adams has appeared in 301 regular-season games with the Penguins, scoring 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points. He has also played in 64 playoff games with Pittsburgh, scoring 10 points (6G-4A). The durable forward has missed just two regular-season games the previous four seasons, playing in 292 of a possible 294 games.
In 799 career NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Carolina, Adams has tallied 49 goals and 93 assists for 142 points. Adams has also scored seven career shorthanded goals and six game-winning markers.
Adams was originally drafted by the then Hartford Whalers in the ninth round (223rd overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft. He remained with the franchise through the 2007-2008 season, helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2006 as the Carolina Hurricanes. His best season as a professional came in 2005-06, where he scored a career-high 21 points (10G-11A) in 67 games.
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