PITTSBURGH RE-SIGNS RYAN CRAIG
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Ryan Craig to a one-year contract, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal is for the 2011-12 season and is a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
Craig, 29, recently completed his first season with the Pittsburgh organization, splitting time between the Penguins and their top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Craig appeared in six games for Pittsburgh, accumulating 22 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound forward spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with WBS, where he served as team captain. Craig finished the regular season ranked second on the team with 48 points (19G-29A) in 71 games. He added a team-leading (tied) three goals and a plus-seven rating, while ranking second with seven points (3G-4A), in 12 postseason contests.
Prior to joining the Penguins, Craig spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay organization after the Lightning selected him in the eighth round (255th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In 190 career games with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, Craig has totaled 32 goals, 31 assists and 63 points. He has also appeared in 11 postseason contests with Tampa Bay.
The Abbotsford, British Columbia native played five seasons with Brandon of the Western Hockey League. Craig scored 137 goals, 131 assists and 268 points in 302 games. He added 37 points (19G-18A) in 47 playoff games for the Wheat Kings.