The Penguins re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract today, the team announced.â†µ
Jeffrey, 23, scored 12 points in 25 games with the Penguins this year, in a season split between the AHL and NHL, before an ACL tear ended his season prematurely. Jeffrey is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp.â†µ
The first year of the deal, worth $575,000 per year at the NHL level, is a two-way contract, while the second year is NHL only. This means if Jeffrey is demoted to the AHL this coming season, the Penguins will only be on the hook for a portion of the salary. If he is demoted the following season, the Penguins will be on the hook for the full amount.â†µ
Jeffrey, who also averaged over a point per game with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last year, figures to be in the Penguins’ NHL plans this year however, and, ideally, a demotion won’t be necessary. Still, as an insurance policy, the contract clause is nice.â†µ
Elsewhere, erstwhile Penguins enforcer Eric Godard signed a similarly structured two-year contract with the Dallas Stars today.â†µ
Godard was informed by Penguins’ management that he was no longer in the teams plans a some time ago, so the move is of little surprise.