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Saturday Wrap: Penguins Sign Angello, 2 Minor Leaguers



Pittsburgh Penguins Anthony Angello

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Anthony Angello, who was the team’s third and final priority restricted free agent, on Saturday. The Penguins also inked a couple of depth players with NHL experience to bolster the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roster.

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced the deal for Angello which is a two-year deal worth $725,000 per season.

“We’re really pleased with Anthony’s development,” said Rutherford. “We thought he did well when we brought him up to the NHL and look forward to watching his continued growth as a player.”

Angello, 24, made his NHL debut in January, then scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 18 against Toronto. Angello played eight NHL games with one goal.

Since completing three seasons at Cornell University, Angello has played 115 professional games in the AHL. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Angello has recorded 32 goals, 22 assists, and 54 points in that time. Since the beginning of 2018-19, no player has scored more goals for WBS.

Fans may have been momentarily excited on Saturday morning when they saw the last name of the Penguins latest free-agent acquisition. The Penguins signed forward Frederick Gaudreau and depth goalie Maxime Legace to two-way deals.

Gaudreau, 27, is a career minor league player with 84 NHL games to his credit. He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Nashville Predators organization, primarily with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. This past season the forward recorded 11 goals, 17 assists and 28 points in 42 games with Milwaukee. In 280 career AHL games, Gaudreau has tallied 77 goals, 95 assists and 172 points.

In 84 NHL games, Gaudreau has three goals and five assists. His career year was 2018-19 when he played 55 NHL games for Nashville. Last season, he played exclusively in Milwaukee and scored 28 points (11g, 17a).

Legace may also be familiar to Penguins fans who like to watch the Vegas Golden Knights. The goalie was part of the rotation during Vegas’ inaugural season when Vegas suffered numerous goalie injuries. He started 16 games in 2017-18 with an .867 save percentage and a 3.92 goals-against-average.

Legace, 27, played one NHL game in 2018-19, too.

Last season, Legace helped the Providence Bruins to the second-best record in the league. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound netminder was 22-7-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average, and a .919 save percentage. Legace also had five shutouts.

Lagace was undrafted and has played in 158 AHL games in six seasons, split between Providence, Chicago, and Texas. His career AHL record is 82-44-17 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and eight shutouts.