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Pens Claim Beech Off Waivers

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins claimed center Kris Beech on waivers, it was announced Saturday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

“Kris is a player that has some good experience and will add depth at center to our hockey club” Shero said. “Right now we have injuries and need that additional depth. Kris is a player that we have that comfort level with and he is comfortable with Pittsburgh having played here.”

Beech, 25, enters his second stint with the Penguins after appearing in 95 contests with the club, recording 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) from 2001-04.  He was a part of the deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Capitals during the summer of 2000.  

The 6-3, 213-pound center has registered six goals and five assists for 11 points, appearing in 20 games this season with Vancouver and Columbus.  Beech has notched 67 career points (25 goals, 42 assists), along with 111 penalty minutes in 193 career NHL contests.

The British Colombia native was originally selected by Washington in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1999 NHL Draft. 

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