The Pittsburgh Penguins firmed up the center position this afternoon by re-signing Jeff Taffe to a one-year deal.
Taffe appeared in 45 games last season in the National Hockey League for the Pens. He also played 27 games in Wilkes-Barre before being called up. At the time he was leading the Baby Pens in scoring.
Jeff Taffe (C) – 6’3″, 208 pounds:
2007-2008: 27 GP – 11 G – 10 A – 21 Pts. With the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL)
2007-2008: 45 GP – 5 G – 7 A – 12 Pts. With the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
If you’ve been reading Pittsburgh Puck Talk in the last week or so, you know how highly I think of Taffe. I think he is a perfect fourth line center.
His signing changes a lot of my views on how the lines should turn out. He is that big of a signing in my mind.
A hustle guy who can add a goal every now and then is exactly the guy you want centering the fourth line. He will fit in nicely. And if Michel Therrien is reading, he needs to know that I will be posting ‘Just Call me Coach Therrien’ Part Deux shortly.
This will probably be the last of the moves for Ray Shero and his team. Every position seems to be decided upon, so now we will have to wait in anticipation of training camp.
*Update 7/21/08 @ 10:55 p.m.
Faceoff-Factor reports that the Taffe deal is worth $550,000.
They also report that the Penguins have signed Jonathan Filewich. Filewich received a two-year contract. He is coming off his worst season in the American Hockey League to date.