The Penguins locked up soon-to-be restricted free agent, Alex Goligoski, to a new 3-year deal on Wednesday. Goligoski didn't figure too greatly in the Penguins run for the Cup, being a healthy scratch for the better part of the second season, but found himself in the line-up when Sergei Gonchar wasn't able to go. In the regular season, it was the same scenario as in the playoffs, having Goligoski play when Gonchar was hurt, except Gonchar missed three-quarters of the season. Goligoski played in 45 games for the Penguins, registering 20 points.
There was no immediate word as to the value of the contract, so there will be no team update with this post.
The Penguins are going to have to deal with some free agency issues this summer, which could mean good things for Goligoski going forward. If players like Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill aren't in the Penguins plans, then Goligoski will have an immediate shot at it. This could make Goligoski an interesting sleeper pick from the blueline for your pool team. He was the 94th ranked defender in pool scoring after only 45 games. He should do much better in 2010.