The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three year deal, the team announced this afternoon.
The deal will pay Lovejoy $525,000 per season over the next three seasons. The total worth of the contract is $1.575 million
The deal goes into effect for the 2010-2011 season and is a two way contract for the 2010-2011 season.
Lovejoy, 26, appeared in 12 games with Pittsburgh last season, compiling three assists and an impressive plus-8 rating. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 14, 2009 at Boston. Lovejoy, who made his NHL debut in the 2008-09 campaign after seeing action in two games with Pittsburgh, finished with a plus or even rating in 11 of his 12 contests this past season.
Lovejoy was one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top defensemen in 2009-10, recording nine goals and 29 points in just 65 games. His nine goals tie for the lead among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueliners while his 29 points placed second. Lovejoy had two assists in two AHL playoff games against Albany.
Lovejoy (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) played three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In his career he has 18 goals, 62 assists, 80 points and a plus-137 rating in 213 games. He led the entire AHL with a plus-42 rating and topped all WBS blueliners with 31 points (7G-24A) in the 2008-09 season. For his efforts, he was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star Team.
The Concord, New Hampshire native has appeared in 37 playoff games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, helping the club to the Calder Cup Final in 2007-08. He has registered three goals, 11 assists and 14 points in his postseason career.
Lovejoy turned pro after three collegiate seasons with Dartmouth. He finished his Big Green career with 54 points (11G-43A) in 96 games. In his senior campaign, he posted a career-high seven goals and 23 points, and was named second team All-Ivy and third team All-ECACHL (Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League).