The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Ray Shero have reportedly inked forward Chuck Kobasew to a one-year deal, just weeks after signing him to a professional tryout contract (PTO) – according to the team’s website.
He’ll become a free-agent at seasons end and is set to make $550,000 this year.
Kobasew, 31, is entering his eleventh NHL season, and will most likely fill-in on the third-line with forward Matt D’Agostini on injured reserve to start the 2013-14 campaign.
Selected by the Calgary Flames in the first-round (14th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft, Kobasew has since played ten campaigns for Boston, Calgary, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Standing at 6-foot and weighing in at 192-pounds, Kobasew isn’t going to necessarily overpower opposing players, or have offensive consistency, but what he will provide is responsible puck management and a steady forecheck for Pittsburgh.
Playing one-year of college hockey at Boston College, Kobasew was teammates with current Pittsburgh defenders Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi to win the NCAA National Championship.
Expect to see him in the starting lineup Thursday, as the Pens open up against the New Jersey Devils at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Contest can be seen on the ROOT network, and is set to start at 7 p.m.