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PITTSBURGH RE-ASSIGNS PAUL BISSONNETTE TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Paul Bissonnette to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Bissonnette, 23, played seven games with Pittsburgh during his fourth stint with the team. He has played a total of 15 games with the Penguins this season, registering one assist while posting 22 penalty minutes. Bissonnette began the season with Pittsburgh and has recorded a plus or even rating in 13 of his 15 appearances. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 4 against Ottawa at the NHL Premiere in Stockholm , Sweden . Bissonnette leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 108 penalty minutes, while recording six points (three goals, three assists) in 25 games this season. The 6-2, 211-pound forward split the 2007-08 season between the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Bissonnette tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) along with 146 penalty minutes in 46 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He also recorded 11 penalty minutes in seven playoff contests with the Penguins. Bissonnette collected 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 43 penalty minutes with Wheeling before being re-called to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bissonnette was drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

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