Mar 25, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres (47) skates with the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Phoenix Coyotes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Simon Despres Re-Signs To Two-Year Deal With Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly re-signed defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year, $1.8 million deal, according to the team’s Twitter handle and website.

Despres, 22, was a restricted free agent this offseason, and will now earn $900,000 per season.

Selected in the first-round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Despres has been up-and-down from the NHL and AHL since. However, given Olli Maatta’s recovery from shoulder surgery and open slots due to defensemen departing, Despres could see a permanent role in the NHL this season.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted that Pens’ brass believes he’s ready for everyday NHL duties.

Last season, Despres played in 34 games for the Penguins, and he dished out five assists. Despres suited up for 36 games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he registered 22 points (6G, 16A) with a team-leading plus-19 rating. He added nine points (2G, 7A) in 17 playoff contests for WBS.

In 85 career regular-season tilts for Pittsburgh, Despres has collected 16 points (3G, 13A) and skated to an overall plus-18 rating.

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