The Pittsburgh Penguins added another former Montreal defenseman to their payroll Monday.
But unlike Jeff Petry last month, Greg Pateryn wasn’t brought in to bolster the Penguins’ blue line. Not directly or immediately, anyway.
Pateryn, who appeared in 290 NHL games with the Canadiens, Anaheim, San Jose, Colorado, Minnesota and Dallas, has joined the team’s pro scouting staff, with a focus on clubs based in the Western Conference.
He is 32 and spent the past season with the Ducks and their American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego.
The Penguins also have hired Chris Butler as a player development coach and Garrett Peters as a global crossover scout.
Butler, 35, will concentrate on working with the Penguins’ defense prospects, in conjunction with hockey operations advisor Trevor Daley.
He will report to Tom Kostopoulos, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of player development.
Butler spent last season as an amateur scout for Arizona, following an 11-year pro career as a defenseman. He played 407 games for St. Louis, Calgary and Buffalo.
Peters, 35, primarily will scout amateur players in North America and Europe. He was an amateur scout with St. Louis from 2017-22.