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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Hussey and left wing Guillaume Lefebvre have accepted their qualifying offers, it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Hussey, 26, has appeared in three National Hockey League games - all in the 2003-04 season - in his career, recroding three points (2+1).  He netted his first career goal in his first NHL game on March 16, 2004 against the Washington Capitals.  He has played in 204 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) during the last three seasons, recording 56 points (30+26) and 53 penalty minutes.

The 6-2, 215 pound Hussey played in 80 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2004-05 season, recording 30 points (16+14) and 19 penalty minutes.  He set a new career high in goals, assists and points during the regular season and was one of only six players to appear in all 80 games.  He recorded a point in 25 of 80 games, including five multiple-point games.  Hussey recorded three points (1+2) and two penalty minutes in 11 playoff games, and netted the game winning goal in game three of the East Division Finals against Philadelphia on May 7, 2005.

Hussey, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 9th round (254th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Lefebvre, 24, has appeared in 29 National Hockey League games in his career for Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia Flyers, recording six points (2+4) and four penalty minutes.  He has played in 99 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the last three seasons, recording 23 points (8+15) and 154 penalty minutes. 

The 6-1, 202 pound Lefebvre played in 34 games with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton in the 2004-05 season, recording six points (3+3) and 76 penalty minutes.  He missed 41 games during the regular season with a wrist injury (Jan. 7-Apr. 8).  Lefebvre posted one goal and 23 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

Lefebvre, a native of Amos, Quebec, was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round (227th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Penguins via a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on March 11, 2003. 

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