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Pens Re-Sign Filewich, Bissonnette

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jonathan Filewich to a two-year contract and re-signed defenseman Paul Bissonnette to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher. 

Filewich, 23, made his NHL debut on January 21st vs. the Washington Capitals and played a total of five games with the Penguins.  He recorded 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 71 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).  Filewich registered a career high three assists in a 4-1 win vs. Bridgeport on March 14th.  He scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 14 playoff games as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton advance to the AHL Calder Cup Finals.

The 6-2, 208-pound native of Kelowna, British Columbia has played three seasons in the AHL posting 123 points (62 goals, 61 assists) in 224 games.  He was selected to play in the 2007 AHL All-Star Game and won the fastest skater event during the AHL All-Star Skills Competition.  Filewich was originally selected by the Penguins in the third round (70th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

Bissonnette, 23, posted eight points (three goals, five assists) along with 145 penalty minutes in 46 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2007-08 regular season.  He also appeared in 22 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, scoring 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 43 penalty minutes.
The 6-3, 220-pound defenseman has registered 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 211 penalty minutes in 104 career games in the AHL.  Bissonnette has combined for 69 points (16 goals, 53 assists) and 162 penalty minutes in 101 total games in the ECHL.  The native of Welland, Ontario was originally drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
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