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Penguins Acquire Forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Dan O’Donoghue and Defenseman James Melindy from the Arizona Coyotes in Exchange for Matia Marcantuoni

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Dan O’Donoghue and defenseman James Melindy from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Matia Marcantuoni, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins have re-assigned Jeffrey to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. O’Donoghue and Melindy have been re-assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL.

Jeffrey, 28, returns to the Pittsburgh organization for a second tour of duty after originally skating in 100 NHL games with the Penguins from 2008-13, tallying 15 goals, 13 assists and 28 points.

This season the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward has played a majority of the campaign for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, where he has produced 46 points (13G-33A) in 45 AHL games. An AHL All-Star this year, Jeffrey’s point total is tied for ninth-best in the league. Jeffrey has also played in seven NHL games for Arizona, registering two points (1G-1A).

As a member of the Texas Stars in ’13-14, Jeffrey won a Calder Cup, contributing 12 points (7G-5A) in 19 postseason contests.

Jeffrey, a native of Sarnia, Ontario, has played in 131 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Dallas and Arizona, scoring 18 goals, 15 assists and 33 points.

Jeffrey, who was originally selected by the Penguins in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, has 274 points (94G-180A) in 317 AHL regular-season games with WBS, Texas, Utica, Bridgeport and Springfield. He has 26 points (14G-12A) in 50 AHL playoff games.

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