Penguins sign defenceman Alex Goligoski to three-year contract

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed offensive-minded defenceman Alex Goligoski to a US$5.5-million, three-year contract.

Goligoski, 23, split time last season between the team’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre and the NHL, where he had six goals and 14 assists in 45 regular season games. He didn’t appear in the Stanley Cup final for Pittsburgh.

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Goligoski is expected to remain with the NHL team next season.

The Penguins have three defencemen who will become unrestricted free agents if they are not signed by July 1: Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill and Philippe Boucher.