The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year contract, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero
Eaton, 31, recorded three assists in 36 games during the regular season before his season was ended due to a knee injury on December 23rd vs. Boston. He earned his fifth career multi-point game when he tallied two assists on December 5th vs. Edmonton. Eaton led the Penguins with 89 blocked shots at the time of the injury including a season-high eight blocked shots on October 30th vs. Minnesota. He registered an even-or-better plus/minus rating in 28 of 36 games and logged a season-high 25:01 of icetime on December 8th vs. Vancouver.
Eaton was originally signed as a free agent by the Penguins on July 3rd, 2006. He totaled three assists in 35 games with the club during the 2006-07 season along with 83 blocked shots. Eaton entered the NHL as an undrafted free agent for the Philadelphia Flyers, making his NHL debut during the 1999-00 season with the Flyers. He played five seasons with the Nashville Predators before joining the Penguins. In 384 career games, Eaton has scored 53 points (16 goals, 37 assists). He has also played 23 career playoff games in the NHL.