The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Steve Oleksy
to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal is a two-way contract that has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Oleksy, 30, was recalled by the Penguins for the final two rounds of their 2016 Stanley Cup championship run following the injury to Trevor Daley. Though he did not appear in any games, Oleksy traveled with the team, ultimately celebrating the Stanley Cup win in San Jose.
The 6-foot, 190-pound blueliner played the majority of the 2015-16 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he served as an alternate captain. He notched 19 points (2G-17A) in 63 games played with WBS, in addition to one helper in nine playoff games.
Oleksy’s assist and point total this past season were both AHL career highs.
Oleksy has previously played in the NHL with the Washington Capitals during the 2012-15 campaigns, where he tallied 19 points (3G-16A) in 61 games over the course of three seasons. Oleksy spent the majority of his 2014-15 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he totaled 15 points (4G-11A) while again serving as an alternate captain.
Hailing from Chesterfield, Michigan, Oleksy originally signed with the Capitals as an undrafted free agent, having played three seasons of college hockey at Lake Superior State from 2006-09.