Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Defenseman

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Ty Smith to a one-year, $775,000 contract. 

Smith accepted a deal with a lower cap hit than his qualifying offer to ensure that he would land a one-way deal. As a result, he will make the same salary, whether he is in the NHL or in the minors. 

Due to Pittsburgh's defensive depth and Smith not being waiver eligible, he spent the majority of this past season down in the AHL. In 39 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, the 23-year-old posted seven goals and 17 assists. When utilized in the NHL, he was effective, posting one goal, four points, and a plus-3 rating. 

With Smith now being eligible for waivers starting this upcoming season, there is a good chance that he will make the NHL roster. However, the 2018 first-round pick will likely serve as a depth defenseman when looking at their current group.

In 123 career NHL games, Smith has eight goals, 47 points, and a minus-32 rating.

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