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Penguins Sign Chris Minard and Nathan Smith

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed centers Chris Minard and Nathan Smith to two-year contracts, it was announced Thursday by Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Chris Minard

Minard, 25, led the Lowell Devils (AHL) with 49 points (32 goals, 17 assists) last season.  He also ranked first on the team with 12 power play goals.

The 6-1, 200-pound native of Owen Sound, Ontario, has appeared in 103 career games in the AHL, registering 68 points (39 goals, 39 assists) and 56 penalty minutes.

Smith, 25, scored 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) and played in one game with the Vancouver Canucks last season.  Smith ranked sixth in the AHL with seven game-winning goals in 2006-07 and fifth on the Moose with 40 points.

Nathan Smith

The 6-2, 190-pound native of Strathcona, Alberta, has played in eight career NHL games with the Canucks, including four post-season games.  He has appeared in 327 career AHL games with the Manitoba Moose, registering 113 points (47 goals, 66 assists).  Smith was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (23rd overall) of the 200 NHL Entry Draft.

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