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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Eric Tangradi and Defensemen Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant

Thursday, 08.30.2012 / 10:00 AM / News
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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Eric Tangradi and Defensemen Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Eric Tangradi and defensemen Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant to one-year contracts, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Eric Tangradi

All four players received two-way deals. Tangradi’s contract is worth $726,000 at the NHL level; Strait will earn $605,000 at the NHL level; Bortuzzo’s and Grant’s deals are both worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

Tangradi, 23, split the 2011-12 season between the Penguins and their top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. The 6-foor-4, 221-pound forward appeared in a career-high 24 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, tallying two assists and 16 penalty minutes while totaling 42 hits. Tangradi also played in two NHL playoff games – earning his first career postseason point with an assist in Game 4 at Philadelphia.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Tangradi played 37 regular-season games in the AHL, notching 15 goals, 16 assists, 31 points and five power-play goals. During the postseason he averaged nearly a point per game with nine points (4G-5A) in 10 contests.

Tangradi, whom the Penguins acquired in a trade from Anaheim in February of 2009, has played in 40 NHL games for Pittsburgh over the previous three seasons, tallying one goal, five points and 26 penalty minutes. He has added one assist in three playoff games.

Brian Strait

Strait played in nine regular-season games with Pittsburgh last season, notching one assist. He also appeared in three postseason contests. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound blueliner appeared in 41 regular-season games for WBS, establishing career bests in goals (4), assists (T-12) and points (16) while posting a plus-7 rating. He added one assist in two playoff games.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Strait has played 12 career NHL regular-season games, tallying one assist. He has played in 194 career AHL regular-season games for WBS, notching 40 points (8G-32A) and a plus-51 rating. Strait has six points (1G-5A) 18 AHL postseason games.

Bortuzzo, 23, saw his first career NHL action in 2011-12, logging 10:38 minutes and posting an even rating in his NHL debut at Los Angeles on Nov. 5. Bortuzzo appeared in six NHL games, posting a plus-1 rating while averaging 10:54 minutes.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman played the majority of the year with WBS, amassing 12 points (3G-9A) and a plus-9 rating in 51 regular-season games. He added one assist in 12 AHL playoff games.

Grant, 23, enjoyed the most productive season of his pro career in 2011-12, leading all WBS defensemen in goals (10), assists (27), points (37), power-play goals (7) and shots (126) – all personal bests – while appearing in 61 regular-season games. Grant went on to lead WBS blueliners with seven points (2G-5A) in 12 playoff games.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Grant split the first three years of his professional career between WBS and the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. Grant has played in 79 regular-season games at the AHL level, tallying 42 points (13G-29A) and a plus-13 rating. Grant has added seven points (2G-5A) in 14 AHL playoff contests.

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