The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defensemen Zach Trotman and Kevin Czuczman to new two-year, two-way deals, each for $700,000 per season at the NHL level.
The Trotman signing is somewhat intriguing. The Penguins already have Juuso Riikola and Chad Ruhwedel back for depth on defense among players who have NHL experience. The tea leaves might suggest this means it’s more likely than ever that the Penguins hope to trade another defenseman.
Trotman, 28, played 13 games with the Penguins last season during injuries to other defensemen, with one assist, and played 24 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He has 83 games of NHL experience in his career.
Czuczman, also 28, was an alternate captain for WBS, with four goals, 17 assists in 65 games. He played 13 games with the New York Islanders in 2013-14, his only NHL experience.