PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent defenseman Matt Carkner to a one-year deal, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero.
Carkner, 25, appeared in 69 games with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League during the 2005-06 season, tallying 31 points (10+21) and 202 penalty minutes. He set new career highs in goals (10), assists (21) and points (31), despite only playing in 69 games.
The 6-4 and 235 pound defenseman has appeared in 315 games for the Barons since 2001, recording 62 points (13+49) and 948 penalty minutes. He ranks first all-time on Cleveland’s games played list and was the team’s all-time leader in penalty minutes as well.
The native of Winchester, Ontario was originally selected in the second round (58th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The San Jose Sharks signed Carkner as a free agent on June 7, 2001.