Penguins and Zach Aston-Reese avoid arbitration; sign one-year deal

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Feb 11, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese (12) during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with center Zach Aston-Reese, signing him to a one-year, $1.725 million contract Thursday.

Aston-Reese, 26, was one of 17 restricted free agents in the NHL to file for arbitration earlier this month.

He has played all three-plus of his NHL seasons with the Penguins and is now tied to them for another year.

Penguins sign Zach Aston-Reese

“Zach is a versatile forward that brings energy and edge to our lineup,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “He is a responsible, two-way player and we’re glad we were able to re-sign him.”

Aston-Reese made his NHL debut in February 2018 and has collected 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) over 161 career games. Last season, he posted a career-high nine goals plus six assists in 45 appearances.

–Field Level Media