Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bissonnette Inks One-Year; Two-Way deal.

Last year at this time, the much talked about feud between the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and defensemen Paul Bissonnette hit at a boiling point. So much so that the Penguins had told Bissonnette to stay home and not report to training camp because it was inevitable that he would be traded. Both parties at the time agreed, the honeymoon was over. The once 19-year-old who almost made the NHL in his first training camp was all-but-gone.

What a long strange trip it has been. Today Bissonnette has signed a two-way deal, for 1 year with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bissonnette was an RFA after the 2007-2008 season.

Bissonnette patched up his reputation with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coaches after being called up from Wheeling last season. After his call-up to WBS last season, Bissonnette was asked to play left wing, which he did. Bissonnette put up 8 points with the Baby Pens (3G, 5A) in 46 games this past season. He also compiled 26 fighting majors for the Baby Pens.

Congrats "Champ"


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see the Pens and Biss finally see eye to eye.

Sidenote, does anyone else think its a waste of a qualifying spot to give Sean Collins one? I mean, he's signed to play in Finland for crying out loud!

3d said...

Yeah, why hold a spot "just in case he wants to play for us again"?

Anonymous said...

yeah, it is a stupid move. there's not a chance he's coming back to play here. Money is a lot better overseas it's time for him to cash in.

Justin said...

I think it was done as an "in case" move. We at least own his rights for another year. IF he decides to play in the ECHL we own his rights. Plus we could always try and trade those rights. Anything's better than Jeff State right?

Anonymous said...

Bizz Nasty needs a perminant role on the pittsburgh penguins maby a 3rd or 4th line because he wins his fights and all godard does is lose and look like a chump.