The Pittsburgh Penguins signed a trio of restricted free agents, Saturday. Forwards Teddy Blueger, Thomas DiPauli, and defenseman Ethan Prow signed one-year, two-way deals.
Blueger, 23, will make $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is expected to battle for an NHL roster spot. Last season, Blueger had a breakout season with the WBS Penguins. He scored 21 goals and 24 assists in 70 games. The Latvia native was the Penguins second-round choice (52nd overall) in 2012.
DiPauli is another Notre Dame product in the Penguins system, like former college teammate and potential NHL teammate Bryan Rust. DiPauli, 24, signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the minors. He is guaranteed $125,000. DiPauli has battled through injuries in his first two professional seasons. He scored 12 goals and eight assists in 54 games, last season.
Ethan Prow, 25, has not yet gained traction. His one-year deal is worth $650,000 in the NHL and $90,000 in the minors. Last season, Prow played 40 games with the WBS Penguins (4g, 13a) and three games with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.
The Penguins have reached an agreement with restricted free agents, including Riley Sheahan, Rust, Jamie Oleksiak,
Tristan Jarry, Daniel Sprong and Dominic Simon. The Penguins did not qualify Tom Kuhnhackl, who reportedly rejected a two-year contract and signed with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.
Correction: The Penguins tendered a qualifying offer to Tristan Jarry. A contract has not been signed.