Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Beau Bennett and Dominik Simon

(Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

(Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The 2015-16 Penguins are slowly but surely coming back together as restricted free agent Beau Bennett agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000. That salary is actually lower than the $900,000 he earned in his entry-level contract. Life in the NHL hasn’t been easy for the 23-year-old as he has only played in 96 NHL games despite being with Pittsburgh the past three seasons. He has notched 10 goals and 23 assists during that span. Most former first-round picks at his age would receive multiple year contracts, but Bennett has been a bit injury prone and Pittsburgh clearly is giving him one more chance. If it doesn’t work out, Bennett could be on the move to another NHL team. Pittsburgh’s acquisitions of Phil Kessel and Sergei Plotnikov certainly doesn’t help Bennett, as it looks like he may start the season on the fourth line. The Penguins are hoping to have four scoring lines this season so Bennett could be the main guy on that line for offense.

In other news, Pittsburgh also signed Dominik Simon, their 2015 fifth-round pick, to a three-year entry level contract today. The Penguins have liked what they’ve seen so far from the Czech forward and are hoping he turns out to be a steal. The 20-year-old played on a line with former Penguins great Jaromir Jagr in the 2015 World Championships and registered 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) in 10 games. Before the tournament, Simon played for HC Plzen in a Czech Extraliga, notching 18 goals and 12 assists in 52 games. The team is owned by former Penguins forward Martin Straka. Simon will most likely begin his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.