Penguins sign right winger Steve Downie

The Penguins signed free-agent right winger Steve Downie, late of Philadelphia, to a one-year contract worth $1 million.

Downie, 27, had three goals and 14 assists in 51 games with the Flyers in 2013-14, after being acquired from Colorado, where he had one goal and six assists in 11 games.

Downie, who is 5 feet 11, 191 pounds, was Philadelphia’s first-round draft choice in 2005 and subsequently played for the Flyers, Tampa Bay and the Avalanche before returning to Philadelphia.

He plays a rugged style and often was guilty of lapses in discipline early in his career, but seemed to exorcise many of those from his game during his time in Tampa, where Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet was the head coach.

Tocchet almost certainly played a major role in the decision to sign Downie.

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