The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Harry Zolnierczyk from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Alex Grant, the team announced.
Zolnierczyk, 25, had 11 goals and 19 points with 68 penalty minutes in 61 games playing for Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals. Zolnierczyk was traded to Anaheim on April 1, 2013, but did not appear in any NHL games with the Ducks.
Zolnierczyk has recorded 3 goals and 4 assists and 71 penalty minutes in 44 career NHL games with Philadelphia. He had 1 assist in 7 games played for the Flyers in 2013.
Zolnierczyk is a restricted free agent.
***Zolnierczyk is an excellent skater who likes to get his nose dirty. He’s a fringe player who could push for a depth role on the 4th line or 13th/14th forward spot on the depth chart. He fits two attributes that the Penguins seek from role players, speed and being tenacious as he’s an effective hitter for a player of his size.
During the 2011-2012 season, Zolnierczyk had 67 hits in 37 games, his most extensive NHL action of his career.