The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Kevin Porter
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.
Porter, 30, spent his first season with the Pittsburgh organization in 2015-16, helping the team earn a Stanley Cup championship by serving as a valuable member of the club’s fifth-ranked penalty killing unit.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound native of Detroit, Michigan suited up for 41 regular-season contests with Pittsburgh, tallying three assists, before his season came to a close on March 3 when he suffered a broken ankle.
This season, Porter averaged 1:51shorthanded minutes for the Penguins. Pittsburgh did not allow a power-play goal against during his first 41:05 shorthanded minutes, a stretch that spanned his first 21 games as a Penguin.
Porter, a former Hobey Baker Award winner during his four-year college career at the University of Michigan, also appeared in 16 AHL contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, tallying nine points (5G-4A) and a plus-11 in 16 games.
Porter, who originally signed with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2015, has skated in 247 career regular-season games with Arizona, Colorado, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, tallying 29 goals, 29 assists and 58 points. He has added 10 points (2G-8A) in 24 playoff contests.
The Arizona Coyotes originally chose Porter in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft.