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Penguins Sign RW Connor James

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced that the club has signed right wing Connor James to a one-year contract.

James, 24, spent this past season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) scoring 32 points (12+20) in 70 regular season games.  He played all 11 playoff games and tied for fourth in scoring with eight points (4+4) while tying for the team lead with a plus-6 rating. 

The 5-10, 190-pound native of Calgary, Alberta made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings playing two games during the 2005-06 season.  James was originally signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Aug. 8, 2006 after he posted 42 points (17+25) in 77 games with Manchester (AHL).  He was selected in the ninth round (279th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

During his collegiate career, James tallied 150 points (57+93) in 160 games over four seasons at the University of Denver.  He also helped guide Denver to the 2004 NCAA Championship.

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