The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Warren Peters to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Peters’ contract is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
Peters, 29, joins the Penguins after spending the last two years with the Minnesota Wild organization. Peters split the 2011-12 season between the Wild and their top minor-league affiliate, the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The 6-foot, 201-pound Peters appeared in a career-high 58 games with Minnesota last season, tallying one goal and five points. Peters also played in 20 games for Houston, notching seven goals and 11 points.
Peters, who hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has played parts of the last four seasons in the NHL with Calgary, Dallas and Minnesota, totaling four goals, four assists, eight points and 72 penalty minutes in 96 career regular-season games. He also appeared in four NHL postseason games with Calgary in ’08-09, going scoreless.
Peters went to back-to-back Calder Cup Finals with the Texas Stars and Houston Aeros in 2009-10 and ’10-11. Peters notched eight points (4G-4A) for Texas during the ’10 playoffs, and 12 points (4G-8A) in 24 playoff contests for Houston in ’11.
A veteran of 492 career AHL regular-season games, Peters has amassed 100 goals, 84 assists, 184 points and 561 penalty minutes. His best season came with Texas in ’09-10 when he tallied 20 goals and 34 points in 61 regular-season games. Peters has added 23 points (10G-13A) and 76 penalty minutes in 53 career AHL playoff games.
Prior to turning pro, Peters played five-plus years with his hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1998-2003, notching 111 goals and 218 points in 330 regular-season games. During his last two years, Peters twice broke the 30-goal mark while tallying a combined 135 points (65G-70A). Peters had 15 points (3G-12A) in 23 playoff contests.