After signing Mark Eaton last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins took another look into the vault and pulled out Tom Kostopoulos, signing the veteran to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 in the NHL Tuesday morning.
The thirty-four year old winger last appeared in the NHL last season with the Calgary Flames, playing in eighty-one games and scoring twelve points. Kostopoulos was originally drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 1999 NHL draft in Boston. In addition to the Penguins and Flames, Kostopoulos has played for the Kings, Canadiens and Hurricanes during his twelve-year career.
Kostopoulos enter this season with no team, but signed a try-out deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. In seventeen games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Kostopoulos has three goals and four assists with forty-three penalty minutes. This move to sign Kostopoulos is most-likely a move to keep him in Wilkes-Barre, but allows him to be called-up by Pittsburgh if he would be needed. However, he will first have to clear waivers by noon Wednesday to be assigned to the AHL.