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Penguins Sign Winger Brett Sterling

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed left wing Brett Sterling to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal is for the 2010-11 season and is a two-way contract that will pay Sterling $500,000 at the NHL level.

Sterling, 26, has played in 19 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers, recording two goals and four points.

Sterling, who was originally drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has played the majority of his career with Atlanta’s top-minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. In four seasons with Chicago, Sterling scored 144 goals, 119 assists and 263 points in 254 games. He chipped in 14 goals and 30 points in 40 playoff contests for the Wolves.

Sterling tallied 55 goals and 97 points in his first season with Chicago in 2006-07. His 55 goals led the AHL, and he was awarded the Willie Marshall Award (goal-scoring champion) and Dudley “Red” Garret Memorial Trophy as the top AHL rookie. Sterling was named to the All-Rookie Team and an AHL First-Team All Star, as well as winning the All-Star Game MVP, in 2007.

The Los Angeles, California native played two years for the United States National Development Team from 2000-02. He represented his country in three tournaments, twice winning gold. Sterling’s nine goals and 12 points in eight games helped the U.S. Under-18 team capture its first-ever gold medal at the 2002 Under-18 World Championships. He also participated in the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships. Sterling scored three goals in the 2004 tournament to lead the United States to a gold medal.

Sterling (5-foot-7, 175 pounds) played four collegiate seasons with Colorado College. During his college career he totaled 108 goals and 184 points in 149 games. He finished as a Top 3 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after posting 34 goals and 63 points in his junior campaign.

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Alan's avatar

Atlanta perspective: Good depth signing. Not good for much else. He’s a ‘tweener. He’s almost too good for the A, but not good enough to cut it in the N. If you all can turn him into a solid NHL player, that’s awesome. Otherwise, he’ll be a great asset for the baby pens.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/03/10 at 07:19 PM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

Good signing. now sign minard and stone and ur AHL team should win the calder cup next year.

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 07/03/10 at 07:24 PM ET

Tony's avatar

I’ll probably write about this in the next couple days, but I think the next move GMRS will do for the big boys will be a trade…

Like a roster player (i.e., Kennedy or Talbot or maybe even Kunitz) and a draft pick for a decent winger….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 07/03/10 at 07:26 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

It seems he needs to play on a scoring line. So it’s either with Sid or Geno, if not he should be sent to WB-S.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/03/10 at 08:14 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I’ll probably write about this in the next couple days, but I think the next move GMRS will do for the big boys will be a trade…

Like a roster player (i.e., Kennedy or Talbot or maybe even Kunitz) and a draft pick for a decent winger….

Yep Tony that’s what I think too, Any whispers you hearing on who they might be looking at

Also they supposedly Hired Randy Sexton as a Scout, Former GM in Fla. & Ott.

Posted by Evilpens on 07/03/10 at 08:51 PM ET

Moq's avatar

It’s nice to see a couple of players, Ryan Craig and Brett Sterling, signed with the primary purpose of fielding a competitive team in WBS.

I’ll probably write about this in the next couple days, but I think the next move GMRS will do for the big boys will be a trade…

That’s one possibility, and probably the best method for an upgrade. We have a surplus of bottom-6 talent. There’s also a few potentially cheap unsigned wingers that might be worth signing if that fails, but they all come with risks.

Given that Lovejoy’s first year of his new contract is two-way, I wouldn’t discount a veteran defenceman signing either.

Most of us will be wiser as events unfold.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 07/03/10 at 09:14 PM ET

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