Penguins Add Another Free Agent, Signing Former Maple Leaf

New Pittsburgh Penguins president of hockey ops & GM Kyle Dubas has dipped into his Toronto Maple Leafs past once again to add another free agent to his 2023-24 squad. He's signed six-year NHL veteran Andreas Johnsson to a one-year deal. 

The contract pays Johnsson $800,000.  

He is reunited with Dubas after playing for the Leafs for three seasons from 2017 through 2020. Dubas apparently hasn't forgotten Johnsson's rookie year in 2018-19 when he potted 20 goals and added 23 assists for 43 points in just 13:40 of ice time per game. Incredibly efficient production. Overall with Toronto, he recorded 30 goals and 67 points in 125 games.

He also played for the New Jersey Devils for 2+ seasons, and finished the 2022-23 campaign with 11 games for the San Jose Sharks. 

He can play plus-defense, and if he can bring that skill to Pittsburgh, he'll find himself a spot in the bottom-six. 

Dubas also brought gritty forward Noel Acciari on board in the City of Bridges this offseason, one of his solid adds to the Toronto roster at last season's trade deadline. 

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