The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Ryan Craig to a one-year contract, it was announced yesterday by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal is for the 2010-11 season and is a two-way contract that will pay Craig $500,000 at the NHL level.
Craig, 28, has played the last 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 184 career games, Craig has totaled 32 goals, 31 assists and 63 points. He’s also appeared in 11 postseason contests with Tampa Bay.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound forward spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Tampa Bay’s top minor-league affiliate Norfolk in the American Hockey League. In 73 games for the Admirals, Craig recorded 45 points on 23 goals and 22 assists.
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.