Pens sign Martin Skoula

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced the signing of defenseman Martin Skoula to a one-year deal Tuesday.

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The addition of Skoula adds to a defensive unit that appeared to lack the same depth that the Penguins possessed at the position last season.

Skoula is a nine-year veteran who played on the 2000 Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche. Most recently he played for the Minnesota Wild, where he registered 8 goals and 40 assists in four seasons ā€” three of which he played at least 80 games in.

His career stats in the NHL are as follows …

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1999-00  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    80    3   13   16   20  17   0   2   2   4
2000-01  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    82    8   17   25   38  23   1   4   5   8
2001-02  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    82   10   21   31   42  21   0   6   6   2
2002-03  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    81    4   21   25   68   7   0   1   1   4
2003-04  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    58    2   14   16   30  --  --  --  --  --
2003-04  Anaheim Mighty Ducks        NHL    21    2    7    9    2  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Dallas Stars                NHL    61    4   11   15   36  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Minnesota Wild              NHL    17    1    5    6   10  --  --  --  --  --
2006-07  Minnesota Wild              NHL    81    0   15   15   36   5   0   0   0   4
2007-08  Minnesota Wild              NHL    80    3    8   11   26   6   0   0   0   0
2008-09  Minnesota Wild              NHL    81    4   12   16   10  --  --  --  --  --
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         NHL Totals                        724   41  144  185  318  79   1  13  14  22

His addition gives the Penguins the extra veteran presence on the blue line that they appeared to be lacking from last year. With Phillipe Boucher gone, it looked like the Penguins would be relying on both Derek Engellend and Nate Guenin this year.

Adding a guy that has been durable the last three seasons and has tons of playoff experience will help as far as developing guys with less experience such as Engellend, Guenin and Alex Goligoski.

Chris | PPT

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