Pens Sign Conner, Lee
Jul 5, 2009, 12:05 PM EDT
The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Chris Conner to a one-year contract and have agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Lee, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Conner, 25, set new career highs with 13 points and 10 assists, while adding three goals and 10 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Dallas Stars this past season. He also recorded 16 goals and 28 points along with 10 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The 5-8, 180-pound forward has appeared in 71 career NHL games, tallying 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) and 20 minutes in penalties all as a member of the Dallas Stars. Conner made his NHL debut with Dallas December 8, 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers and scored his first career NHL goal at the Colorado Avalanche December 27, 2006.
In parts of three seasons with the Iowa Stars of the AHL, Conner notched 81 points (34 goals, 47 assists) and 41 penalty minutes in 118 career contests. He registered nine points (three goals, six assists) and four minutes in penalties while collecting a plus-3 rating in 19 career post-season games with Iowa. The native of Westland, Michigan was an undrafted free agent prior to signing with the Dallas Stars in 2005.
Lee, 28, appeared in 66 contests with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, tallying six goals and 30 points along with 36 penalty minutes.
The 6-0, 185-pound defenseman has played parts of three seasons in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Iowa Stars, the Omaha AK-Sar-Ben Knights and the Albany River Rats from 2006-2009. Lee has collected 76 points (17 goals, 59 assists) along with 98 penalty minutes in 170 career games in the AHL.
The native of MacTier, Ontario was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders in 2008.