The thirty-five year old native of Wilmington, Delaware rejoins a team where he won a Stanley Cup in 2009 on a one-year contract worth $725,000. Eaton had previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, and New York Islanders during his twelve year career. It appears that Eaton will wear number four during his second stint with the Penguins.
To make room for Mark Eaton, Pittsburgh placed center Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve, retroactive to February 22. Malkin suffered a concussion against the Florida Panthers when he and Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson engaged in a collision that sent Malkin flying into the boards.