The Pittsburgh Penguins added depth to the organization later Monday after the free agent signing frenzy began to run out of steam. As Penguins GM Jim Rutherford promised, the Penguins a couple of players who will challenge for an NHL roster spot but likely spend the season in the AHL unless called upon. The 2019 Penguins free agents list now includes previous Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Andrew Agozzino.
Each signed a two-year contract according to General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Each player skated for the Colorado Eagles last season. That team may ring a bell, as their owner kept the ECHL’s Kelly Cup over a monetary dispute with the lower league after the team moved up to the AHL this season.
Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin is largely responsible for assembling the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins team.
“David and Andrew are two guys that are going to provide great depth for our organization,” said Guerin. “They are both leaders that can help mentor some of our younger players. If there are injuries o r trades, you need guys like David and Andrew, who have both NHL and AHL experience, to be able to come in and contribute.”
Warsofsky, 29, is signed for his third stint in the Penguins organization. He appeared in 19 games with the Penguins during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. He had one goal and one assist.
Overall, Warsofsky 55 career NHL games with Boston, the Penguins, New Jersey, and Colorado. He has 11 career points (2g, 9a). His best NHL season came in 2017-18 with the Colorado Avalanche where he had five assists and was plus-4 in 16 games and also dressed for four Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Also from the Penguins Press Release:
Agozzino, 28, spent the previous two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche organization, primarily playing with their AHL affiliate. As an alternate captain during the 2018-19 with the Colorado Eagles, the forward skated in 56 games and recorded team highs in goals (26), assists (34) and points (60). Agozzino also played in 11 games with the Avalanche last season, recording one goal and one assist.