Penguins sign Cody This

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The Penguins added some defensive depth to the right side of their backstage by announcing the signing of Cody Ceci to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $ 1.25 million, a significant drop from the $ 4.5 million it struck last season. Managing Director Jim Rutherford has issued the following statement regarding his new acquisition:

Cody is a two-way defender who plays with size and a speed game that fits our system well. It brings both regular season and playoff experience and can be used for the penalty spot.

The 26-year-old managed to make it to the free market a year earlier than most, as he has seven NHL seasons under his belt. He spent last season with Toronto after acquiring him from Ottawa last summer and his role has shrunk as a result as he averaged 20:32 per night, his lowest ATOI in four years. With the Maple Leafs also having more offensive options ahead of him, he also hasn’t been put in many offensive situations and as a result, This has only managed one goal and seven assists in 56 regular season games. .

Although he’s known for a few untimely defensive failures, This should be able to provide a few more minutes than what the Penguins typically received from their third couple. Kris Letang and John Marino are ahead of him on the depth map. At first glance, he might be lining up alongside another newcomer Mike Matheson recently acquired from Florida. Jack Johnson (redemption) and Justin Schultz (free agency) have both changed since last year.

This was ranked 30th on our Top 50 UFA list, and while his first unrestricted free agency trip didn’t yield the kind of contract he was certainly looking for, a good season with Pittsburgh could help restore some value before entering the open market the next offseason. still as one of the youngest blueliners available. Meanwhile, the Penguins have just over $ 1.3 million of cap space left by CapFriendly with a full roster. That doesn’t leave much more room for off-season additions, but if they carry that many over into next year, they should have a decent cushion built closer to the trade deadline.

TSN’s Darren Dreger was the first to report the contract.



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