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Penguins Re-Sign D Ben Lovejoy to Three-Year Contract

Lovejoy was to be an RFA.  From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2010-11 season and will run through 2012-13. The deal is a two-way contract for the 2010-11 campaign, and will pay Lovejoy $525,000 at the NHL level. He will earn $525,000 in 2011-12 and $525,000 in 2012-13.

Lovejoy, 26, appeared in 12 games with Pittsburgh last season, compiling three assists and an impressive plus-8 rating. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 14, 2009 at Boston. Lovejoy, who made his NHL debut in the 2008-09 campaign after seeing action in two games with Pittsburgh, finished with a plus or even rating in 11 of his 12 contests this past season.

Lovejoy was one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top defensemen in 2009-10, recording nine goals and 29 points in just 65 games. His nine goals tie for the lead among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueliners while his 29 points placed second. Lovejoy had two assists in two AHL playoff games against Albany.

Lovejoy (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) played three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In his career he has 18 goals, 62 assists, 80 points and a plus-137 rating in 213 games. He led the entire AHL with a plus-42 rating and topped all WBS blueliners with 31 points (7G-24A) in the 2008-09 season. For his efforts, he was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star Team.

The Concord, New Hampshire native has appeared in 37 playoff games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, helping the club to the Calder Cup Final in 2007-08. He has registered three goals, 11 assists and 14 points in his postseason career.

Lovejoy turned pro after three collegiate seasons with Dartmouth. He finished his Big Green career with 54 points (11G-43A) in 96 games. In his senior campaign, he posted a career-high seven goals and 23 points, and was named second team All-Ivy and third team All-ECACHL (Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League).

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The language used makes it sound like the last two years are one-way. I like this signing and contract very much, I think he’ll be up with the big club for most of the season.

Posted by NathanBC on 06/21/10 at 08:05 PM ET

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Shelly Anderson wrote this:
It is a two-way contract for 2010-11 that will pay him $525,000 at the NHL level for that season, less if he is in the minor leagues. For the remaining two years of the deal, he will earn $525,000 regardless of what level he plays.”

Posted by NathanBC on 06/21/10 at 08:12 PM ET

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If he plays to his potential, that’s highway robbery….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 06/21/10 at 08:13 PM ET

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I have to agree that is an awesome deal. I’ve always liked Lovejoy and would love to see him make the team next year, especially at that price.

Posted by Kstewy16 on 06/22/10 at 02:01 AM ET

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There’s not much to add, a very good deal for both parties.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 06/22/10 at 07:58 AM ET

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