The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Bill Thomas to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Thomas, 25, played seven games with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2007-08 regular season, including 15:22 of icetime on December 3rd vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played 75 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Pittsburgh native tallied 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) along with 40 penalty minutes. Thomas played in seven playoff games with San Antonio, scoring three points (one goal, two assists).
The 6-1, 185-pound forward has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 40 career games in the NHL with Phoenix. He made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season. Thomas has played 122 career games in the AHL, registering 85 points (37 goals, 48 assists) and 60 penalty minutes.
The Fox Chapel High School graduate played two seasons for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL before heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He scored 95 points (46 goals, 49 assists) over 80 games in two seasons and helped guide the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
Thomas was originally signed by Phoenix as a free agent on March 27, 2006.