Penguins Sign Former 1st Rounder To Contract After PTO

It appears the word of the coaching staff has won out over the front office in the City of Bridges. The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former Ottawa Senators first-round pick Colin White, who was in camp on a professional tryout, to a one-year, two-way contract. 

White's deal is worth $775,000 at the NHL level.

According to a report, while the front office wasn't inclined to offer the 7-year veteran a deal, the Penguins coaching staff became "intrigued" with his defensive chops and felt he could offer something on that end of the ice to the bottom-six forward mix. 

Since being selected with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2015 NH Draft, White spent six years with the Senators, registering 98 points in 224 games, before playing last season with the Florida Panthers, recording 15 points in 68 games, in less than 10 minutes per night. 

The 26-year-old has played both center and wing for Pittsburgh during camp, and he earned the praise of head coach Mike Sullivan for holding Dylan Larkin's line down in a preseason game last week against the Detroit Red Wings. 

He's likely to win a job on the Pens' 3rd or 4th line as well as draw minutes on the penalty kill. 

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