The Penguins have added some organizational depth up front as their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton announced that they’ve signed winger Jordan Nolan to a one-year deal. The veteran would need to be converted to an NHL contract in order to join Pittsburgh at any point during the season.
The fact that the 31-year-old had to settle for a minor-league contract is certainly telling about the state of the current market. Nolan has 375 career NHL games under his belt over eight seasons between the Kings, Sabres, and Blues and has served as a capable fourth liner for most of that time. Production-wise, he has 24 goals and 28 assists in his career while logging 9:26 per night in playing time.
However, he didn’t see any NHL action last season as instead, he spent the entire year with AHL San Antonio, affiliate of St. Louis, where he served as their captain and had 11 goals and 16 assists in 60 games. His road back to the NHL, if there is going to be one, will once again run through the minors.