July 13, 2013
Ray Shero is on vacation, but he isn’t taking much time off.
Shero, the Penguins general manager, signed another player Friday. Forward Harry Zolnierczyk agreed to a one-year deal that will count $550,000 against the salary cap if he plays in the NHL.
It is a two-way contract that will allow the Penguins to place Zolnierczyk on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ roster.
Zolnierczyk, 25, split last season with the Anaheim and Philadelphia organizations, playing in seven games with the Flyers. He produced an assist and registered 36 penalty minutes in the NHL.
The Penguins acquired him from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Alex Grant on June 24.
Shero, who is vacationing with his family in Hilton Head, S.C., began this week addressing the nomination of his late father, Fred, into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a “Builder.” Fred Shero won the Stanley Cup twice while coaching the Flyers in the 1970s.
On Wednesday, Ray Shero addressed a need for a bottom-six winger by agreeing to a one-year deal with forward Matt D’Agostini. That deal was a one-way contract that will count $550,000 against the cap.
The cap is set for $64.3 million next season, and the Penguins are committed to 21 players at about $64.2 million, not including new contracts due to restricted free agents Dustin Jeffrey, a forward, and Robert Bortuzzo, a defenseman. Bortuzzo has elected a salary-arbitration hearing, but the Penguins will try to sign him beforehand.
The NHL labor contract allows clubs to go 10 percent above the cap during the summer, but the Penguins will have to make a roster move to get under the limit before rosters are set to open the season.
Note: The Penguins have invited 37 prospects to their annual development camp, which will run from Tuesday-Saturday next week at Consol Energy Center.