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DeSmith signs three-year contract with Penguins

Goalie gets $1.25 million annually, has NHL career highs in wins, shutouts this season

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Casey DeSmith signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. It has an average annual value of $1.25 million.

The 27-year-old goalie could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"Since joining the Penguins organization, Casey has excelled for us at every level, first in Wheeling (ECHL) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (American Hockey League), and now here in Pittsburgh," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We're pleased to have him signed with our organization for the next 3 1/2 seasons."

DeSmith is 12-7-4 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 games (22 starts) this season. The win and shutouts totals are NHL career highs.

DeSmith, who was undrafted, signed with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on July 4, 2016, before signing a two-year contract with the Penguins on July 1, 2017.

He is 18-11-5 with a 2.45 GAA, .923 save-percentage and three shutouts in 40 NHL games.

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