Chaput, 29, has bounced around the NHL over his professional career, mostly suiting up in the minor leagues. His 182 games have come with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and most recently the Arizona Coyotes, for who he played 13 matches this season. He has just 22 points during those 182 games, despite strong production at the minor league level, but does bring a big body for the fourth line.
The Penguins are notorious for bringing in fringe players and giving them a chance in the top-six, but that seems unlikely in Chaput’s case. With 11 forwards already under one-way contracts, two more restricted free agents to sign, and some other NHL depth options in the system, he seems destined to spend a good chunk of the year in the AHL once again. The last time he was there, he scored 16 goals in 47 games for the Tucson Roadrunners.