The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Brian Boyle to a one-year contract, and recalled forwards Anthony Angello and Drew O'Connor from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
Forward Evgeni Malkin has been placed on long-term injured reserve. Sidney Crosby's status has been changed to injured non-roster. Zach Aston-Reese has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol list.
Boyle's contract runs through the 2021-22 season and carries an average annual value of $750,000. The 36-year old attended Pittsburgh's training camp on a professional tryout contract and played in four preseason games with Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Boyle is a veteran of 12-plus NHL seasons split between the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers. From 2007-20, the forward compiled 130 goals, 101 assists, 231 points and 588 penalty minutes in 805 games. His most recent NHL season was played with Florida in 2019-20 where he recorded six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 39 games, plus tacked on one goal in four postseason games.
In 118 career playoff games, Boyle has compiled 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Final with the Rangers in 2014 and the Lightning in 2015.
O'Connor, 23, attended Pittsburgh's training camp and played in five preseason games, scoring a team-high three goals. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward played in 10 games for Pittsburgh during his rookie season in 2020-21, recording one assist. O'Connor picked up seven goals, 12 assists and 19 points in 20 games with WBS last season, with his 19 points ranking third-most on WBS.
Angello, 25, skated in three preseason games with the Penguins and recorded one assist. The forward split the 2020-21 season between Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh's taxi squad, suiting up for 19 games with Pittsburgh and registering four points (2G-2A) and a plus-4. He also appeared in 12 games for WBS, notching six goals, four assists and 10 points.
The Penguins open the NHL's 2021-22 regular season today, October 12 in Tampa Bay against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Lightning at 7:30 PM at Amalie Arena.