WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Tim Schaller to an American Hockey League contract for the 2020-21 season. Schaller had attended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton training camp on a professional tryout agreement.
Schaller, 30, spent most of last season with the Vancouver Canucks before a February trade sent him to the Los Angeles Kings. Schaller had five goals and six points in 51 games for Vancouver and then tallied once in five games with Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign.
An undrafted free agent out of college, Schaller played four years at Providence College and served as team captain for two of those seasons. He was named the Hockey East conference’s best defensive forward in 2012-13 and was promptly signed to an entry-level deal by the Buffalo Sabres. In his second season as a pro, Schaller finished second on the Rochester Americans in goals (15) and assists (28) and topped the club with 116 penalty minutes.
In 276 career NHL games with Vancouver, Los Angeles, Buffalo and the Boston Bruins, Schaller amassed 57 points (29G-28A). The Merrimack, New Hampshire native has also racked up 88 points (39G-49A) in 179 AHL games with Rochester and Ontario.
The Penguins’ next game is their 2020-21 season opener, taking place tonight, Monday, Feb. 8, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Binghamton Devils is slated for 5:00 p.m.