The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped into the fray on the first day of National Hockey League free agency on Tuesday by signing three veterans. The players are defenseman Christian Ehroff, forward Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss.
The 31 year-old Ehroff led the Buffalo Sabres in both overall ice time and penalty minutes while scoring 33 points (6 goals, 27 assists) in the 2013-2014 season.
Comeau, 28, recorded 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) and 197 hits for the Columbus Blue Jackets. His best NHL season was 2010-2011 when he tallied 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) for the New York Islanders.
The 28 year-old Greiss appeared in 25 games last season for the Phoenix Coyotes, posting a 10-8-5 record with two shutouts. His goals-against average in those games was 2.29, and his save percentage was .920.
The Penguins also signed minor league defenseman Taylor Chorney and re-signed forwards Marcel Goc and Nick Drazenovic.
Pittsburgh lost at least six veterans who sign as free agents with other NHL teams. Those players are forwards Jussi Jokinen (signed with Florida), Tanner Glass (NY Rangers) and Joe Vitale (Phoenix), and defensemen Brooks Orpik (Washington), Matt Niskanen (Washington) and Deryk Engelland (Calgary).