The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Bayda on a one year deal. The deal is a two way contract.
Bayda attended training camp on a professional tryout. The Penguins approached Bayda’s camp about a two-way deal prior to Thursday’s preseason game against Columbus.
Bayda, 28, spent five seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Throughout training camp the coaching staff became very pleased with Bayda’s chemistry with center
Craig Adams. Bayda skated with Adams and Pascal Dupuis during practice today. Bayda will fill the role of a 4th liner (12th/13th forward) and see time on the penalty kill to begin the season.
Pittsburgh which insisted on a two way contract, now have the option of sending Bayda to the minors at any time during the season. Bayda will receive a salary in the $500,000 range at the NHL level.
For Bayda, there was a minimal chance of getting a one-way contract elsewhere. His agent was in contact with other teams exploring that avenue but that option wasn’t available.