Penguins sign defenceman Engelland to US$1.7-million, 3-year contract

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenceman Deryk Engelland to a US$1.7-million, three-year contract that runs through the 2013-14 season.

The deal will count $566,700 per season against the NHL salary cap.

Engelland, 28, in his first full NHL season, has developed into one of the league’s top fighters.

He also has two goals and three assists and a team-high 76 penalty minutes in 32 games after playing the previous three seasons in the AHL.

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The Penguins have seven defencemen under contract for next season: Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek and Engelland. All but Goligoski (2011-12) and Lovejoy (2012-13) are signed through at least the 2013-14 season.