Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Benn Ferriero To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 04: Benn Ferriero #78 of the San Jose Sharks pursues the puck, as goaltender Jonas Hiller (L) #1 of the the Anaheim Ducks defends in the second period at Honda Center on January 4, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Congrats to former Boston College forward Benn Ferriero, who signed a new one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level.

Ferriero has spent the last three seasons with the San Jose Sharks organization. Last season, Benn potted seven goals and eight points in 35 games with the Sharks. He also spent time in Worcester playing for the Shark's AHL affiliate, scoring nine goals and registering 20 points in 20 games. The Essex, Mass. native is a the seventh round (no. 196) draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2006 NHL Draft.

The aptly named SB Nation Penguins blog PensBurgh notes the accumulation of former Eagles landing in Pittsburgh.

And if nothing else, Ferriero will be yet another face in training camp who played collegiately at Boston College. The Pens have Brooks Orpik, Carl Sneep, Philip Samuelsson, Brian Gibbons and Brian Dumolin as former Eagles. Poor Brian Strait had better have his head on a swivel asthe only current Pen who played for the rival Boston University.

Next season Wilkes-Barre/Scranton figures to be BC South with all those former Eagles kicking around in the Penguins organization. This year's Frozen Four is in Pittsburgh too, so chances are good that York and the boys can catch one or more of their former teammates at some point during their April trip to the Steel City.

Congratulations, Benn!

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