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Penguins sign Kostopoulos to minor-league contract

Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 2:41 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Penguins sign Kostopoulos to minor-league contract
Pittsburgh Penguins sign Tom Kostopoulos to minor-league deal.

Tom Kostopoulos has signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The deal, announced by the AHL team, marks Kostopoulos' third stint with the franchise. He was drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round (No. 204) in 1999 and made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2001-02. He returned to the organization last season when he signed a one-year contract but never suited up for the Penguins after getting claimed by New Jersey Devils while on waivers.

He had one goal and 18 penalty minutes in 15 games with New Jersey.

Kostopoulos, 34, has played with the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames. He has played in 630 NHL games, scoring 61 goals and 157 points along with 723 penalty minutes. He is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's all-time leader in games played (335), goals (100), assists (153) and points (253), and in playoff points (38 in 51 games).

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter