Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Matt D’Agostini

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The New Jersey Devils were afraid that they could not afford to keep free agent Matt D’Agostini because they would have had to give him a high offer. After a disappointing season in which he only registered 6 points in 26 games, the Devils felt he was not worth the $1.8 million he made last season. The former twenty goal scorer then became free to negotiate with any team. It appears D’Agostini is very motivated to return to his old form as he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins for only $550,000. The deal is for one year and will allow D’Agostini to compete for a starting job in Pittsburgh. D’Agostini, 26, split last season with the Devils and the St. Louis Blues. His best season came in 2010-11 with the Blues when he scored 21 goals to go with 25 assists in 82 regular season games. He is a versatile scoring winger who still needs to work on his consistency. He can skate well and is considered a power play specialist. D’Agostini is still young and has a great shot. If he can get back to what he did in 2010-11, the Penguins will be very happy. At worst, this provides more competition for the opening night roster. Therefore, it can be considered a low-risk, high-reward type of signing.