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Penguins Sign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a Two-Year Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2015-16 campaign, and has an average annual value of $600,000.

Zatkoff, 26, stopped 24 shots against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night to become the first Penguins rookie goaltender to win six straight decisions since Johan Hedberg did so in 2001.

The 6-foot-2, 179-pound Zatkoff has posted a 6-2 record, 2.46 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in eight games this season. He became the first Pittsburgh goaltender to notch a shutout in his first win with the team when he turned aside 19 shots in a 3-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 2.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Zatkoff played last season for the Penguins’ top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). In his first year with the club, Zatkoff established career highs for games played (49), wins (26), goals-against average (1.93) and shutouts (5). He and Brad Thiessen combined to allow the fewest goals (178) in the AHL.

Zatkoff was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He played three-plus seasons for the Kings’ minor-league team, the Manchester Monarchs, from 2009-12. In 146 career AHL games with Manchester and WBS, Zatkoff posted a 77-63-6 record, winning 20 games in three of his four full seasons

Prior to turning pro Zatkoff played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Miami of Ohio between 2005-08. He also represented Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championship in Sweden, earning a bronze medal.

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