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Pittsburgh Penguins sign Brock McGinn to four-year deal

Mar 16, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn (23) during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn (23) during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Brock McGinn to a four-year contract worth $11 million on the first day of NHL free agency Wednesday.

McGinn spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes. The winger was limited to just 37 games in 2020-21 because of an upper-body injury, finishing with 13 points (eight goals, five assists).

General manager Ron Hextall said McGinn will be a key addition.

“He plays a real inside game. He’s got really good energy. Physical player,” Hextall said. “Plays the same way every night. We just really valued the player. We also valued some of the things he’s going to bring to our room.”

In 345 career games, McGinn has tallied 106 points (51 goals, 55 assists). His best season statistically was 2017-18, when he netted 16 goals and 14 assists with a 10.06 shot percentage.

McGinn’s Hurricanes qualified for the postseason each of the past three years, getting as far as the Eastern Conference finals in 2018-19. He now joins a Penguins team that still has Sidney Crosby at its disposal but hasn’t made it past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since winning back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017.

–Field Level Media