On the same day in which they placed defending NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin on the injury list with a concussion, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday announced they have signed former Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton to a one-year contract.
The 35 year-old Eaton played for the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship team. His 12 NHL seasons have also included stints with Philadelphia, Nashville and the New York Islanders. He has played in 627 regular season contests and 60 postseason games.
Eaton recently played in six games for the Penguins’ top minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton “Baby Pens” of the American Hockey League.
Malkin suffered a concussion in a game on Friday night when he slid backwards into the end boards and his head snapped forward. The Penguins say the concussion was diagnosed after Malkin reportedly some short-term memory loss. The move of Malkin to the I-R list was made retroactively, and he could be available following the team’s three-game road trip to play kin Pittsburgh against Tampa Bay on March 4.