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Penguins Re-Sign Dustin Jeffrey, Eric Godard Heads To Dallas

The Penguins re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract today, the team announced.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elsewhere, erstwhile Penguins enforcer Eric Godard signed a similarly structured two-year contract with the Dallas Stars today.

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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.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.