The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Kris Beech to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Beech posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 25 NHL games during the 2007-08 season. He began the season with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL), registering 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 16 contests before joining the Columbus Blue Jackets. Beech was claimed off waivers by the Penguins on January 26th before making his season debut with the team on February 7th vs. the New York Islanders. He played five games until suffering a broken wrist on February 14th at Carolina, missing the remainder of the season.
Beech, 27, had appeared in 95 games in three seasons with the Penguins prior to rejoining the club for the 2007-08 season. He tallied 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) along with 57 penalty minutes from 2001-2004. Beech also posted 150 points (53 goals, 97 assists) and 319 penalty minutes in three stints with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
Beech, a native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia has tallied 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists) along with 113 penalty minutes in 198 career games in the NHL. The 6-2, 209-pound forward was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft.