PITTSBURGH SIGNS FOUR ON FIRST DAY OF FREE AGENCY

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Sestito to one-year, two way contracts, it was announced on Friday.  In addition, the Penguins have signed free agent defensemen Stuart Percy and David Warsofsky to one-year, two way contracts.

Oleksy, 30, was recalled by the Penguins for the final two rounds of their 2016 Stanley Cup championship run following the injury to Trevor Daley. Though he did not appear in any games, Oleksy traveled with the team, ultimately celebrating the Stanley Cup win in San Jose.

The 6-foot, 190-pound blueliner played the majority of the 2015-16 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he served as an alternate captain. He notched 19 points (2G-17A) in 63 games played with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, in addition to one helper in nine playoff games.

Oleksy’s assist and point total this past season were both AHL career highs.

Oleksy has previously played in the NHL with the Washington Capitals during the 2012-15 campaigns, where he tallied 19 points (3G-16A) in 61 games over the course of three seasons. Oleksy spent the majority of his 2014-15 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he totaled 15 points (4G-11A) while again serving as an alternate captain.

Hailing from Chesterfield, Michigan, Oleksy originally signed with the Capitals as an undrafted free agent, having played three seasons of college hockey at Lake Superior State from 2006-09.

Sestito, 28, saw ice time in four NHL regular-season games with the Penguins, notching one point (1A). He also spent a couple stints in Pittsburgh during the early rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, although he did not appear in any games.

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound, lefthanded-shooter played the bulk of the 2015-16 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sestito logged 14 points (5G-9A) in 41 games played, in addition to four points (1G-3A) in seven games during the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs.

The Rome, New York, native has spent parts of seven NHL seasons with Columbus, Philadelphia and Vancouver, producing 18 points (10G-8A) in 137 career regular-season games. Sestito led the NHL in penalty minutes (213) during the 2013-14 season.

Sestito has played in 297 career AHL regular-season games, including time with Syracuse, Springfield, Adirondack and Utica in addition to WBS. While in the AHL, Sestito has compiled 127 points (53G-74A) and 991 penalty minutes.

Sestito was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 after being selected in the third round (85th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Percy, 23, is a former first-round (25thoverall) draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2011. He split this past year between the Maple Leafs and their top minor-league affiliate, the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, helping that club advance to the conference finals.

A 6-foot-1, 187-pound lefthanded-shooting blueliner, Percy tallied 24 points (4G-20A) and was plus-3 in 58 AHL regular-season games for the Marlies. He tacked on four assists and a plus-3 in 14 playoff contests. During the regular season he also made three NHL appearances with the Maple Leafs.

Percy, who hails from Oakville, Ontario, played three full seasons and parts of two others with the Marlies, notching 64 points (10G-54A) in 177 regular-season appearances and eight helpers in 35 playoff games. He had three assists in 12 total NHL games with Toronto.

Percy enjoyed a stellar four-year junior career with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, helping his club reach the Memorial Cup in 2011. He was named to the tournament All-Star Team at the Memorial Cup after collecting four assists in five games.

During his final two years with Mississauga, Percy served as his team’s captain.

In 2011, Percy earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

Warsofsky, 26, returns to the Penguins organization for a second stint after playing the majority of last season with Pittsburgh, before being claimed on waivers by New Jersey on February 29.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound defender appeared in 12 games for Pittsburgh, scoring once. He had one assist in 10 games with New Jersey.
A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Warsofsky had six points (2G-4A) and was plus-2 in 17 appearances with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2015-16.
Following the season, Warsofsky suited up for Team USA at the 2016 World Championship, tallying five points (1G-4A) in 10 contests.
Originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Warsofsky has played in 32 career NHL games with the Penguins, Devils and Boston Bruins, producing two goals, three assists and five points.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Warsofsky played three seasons at Boston University from 2008-11 and was a member of the 2009 NCAA National Championship club. In 113 games, Warsofsky produced 68 points (22G-46A).
Warsofsky was a member of the United States 2010 gold-medal winning World Junior Championship team, producing two assists in seven games.
In 2008, Warsofsky shined on the international stage at the Under-18 World Junior Championship, leading all defensemen at the tournament in assists (7) and points (7) en route to a bronze medal for the USA.
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