Pen­guins sign De­Smith to 3-year ex­ten­sion

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Pitts­burgh Pen­guins goal­tender Casey De­Smith has signed a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, gen­eral man­ager Jim Ruther­ford an­nounced Fri­day. The deal is worth an av­er­age of $1.25 mil­lion an­nu­ally and be­gins with the 2019-20 sea­son. “Since join­ing the Pen­guins’ or­gan­i­sa­tion, Casey has ex­celled for us at ev­ery level, first in Wheel­ing and Wilkes-Barre /Scran­ton, and now here in Pitts­burgh,” Ruther­ford said in a team state­ment.

“We’re pleased to have him signed with our or­gan­i­sa­tion for the next three-and-a-half sea­sons.”

De­Smith played his first two NHL sea­sons on an AHL deal be­fore Pitts­burgh signed him to an NHL con­tract on July 1, 2017. In 26 games this sea­son, the 27-year-old has a 2.47 goals-against av­er­age and a.924 save per­cent­age, and he has a 12-7-4 record, in­clud­ing two shutouts. Over­all, he is 18-115 with a 2.45 goals-against av­er­age and.923 save-per­cent­age with three ca­reer shutouts.

De­Smith made his NHL de­but in at loss at Win­nipeg on Oc­to­ber 29, 2017, and recorded his first win in his first NHL start on Jan­uary 18, 2018, in Los An­ge­les in a 3-1 win vs. the Kings. De­Smith recorded his first ca­reer shutout in the Pen­guins’ reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale vs. Ot­tawa. He recorded 35 saves in the 4-0 win over the Sen­a­tors.

COY­OTES AC­QUIRE C WEAL FROM FLY­ERS

The Ari­zona Coy­otes ac­quired cen­ter Jor­dan Weal from the Philadel­phia Fly­ers for de­fense­man Ja­cob Graves and a draft choice, the team an­nounced on Fri­day. Weal, 26, had nine points (three goals, six as­sists) in 28 games for the Fly­ers this sea­son. Over­all, Weal has 19 goals and 23 as­sists (42 points) in 134 ca­reer NHL games with the Los An­ge­les Kings and Fly­ers. Graves, 23 had seven points (two goals, five as­sists) in 32 games this sea­son for Nor­folk of the East Coast Hockey League this sea­son. The draft pick headed to Philadel­phia is a sixth-rounder in 2019.

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