The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Steve Downie to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal has an average annual value of $1 million.
Downie, 27, split the 2013-14 regular season with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, registering 24 points (4G-20A) and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound forward had his best NHL season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10 when current Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet was his head coach.
That year the Newmarket, Ontario native established career highs in goals (22), assists (24), points (46) and penalty minutes (208) in 79 games. He also had two goals in seven games with Canada at the World Championship that spring.
The following year, Downie helped the Lightning advance to the Eastern Conference Finals by contributing 14 points (2G-12A) and a plus-7 in 17 postseason contests.
In 336 career NHL regular-season games with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Colorado, Downie has 59 goals, 103 assists, 162 points and 766 penalty minutes. Downie has added 15 points (2G-13A) in 23 playoff games.
Downie was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (29th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He split his junior career between Windsor, Peterborough and Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He helped Peterborough win the OHL playoff title and advance to the Memorial Cup in 2005-06.
Downie won back-to-back gold medals with Canada the World Junior Championships in 2006 and ’07. He made the tournament All-Star Team at the ’06 tournament.
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