The Penguins have made their first official transaction of the off-season today, re-signing forward Nick Johnson to a one-year deal worth only $550k.
After Pittsburgh drafted "The Juice" in the 3rd round (67th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old winger would make his way to Wilkes-Barre (AHL).
He improved stat-wise every year, seeing his point total jump from 31 (14+17) in 2008-09 to 43 (16+27) in 2009-10.
Last season with WB/S Johnson put up his best pro season to date, scoring 39 points (20+19) in only 48 games.
After being called up to the NHL, he was injured with a concussion sustained in a fight with Colorado's Ryan Wilson.
Johnson projects to be a top-9 NHL forward, but with his new contract being a two-way, he could start in the 'A as well next season.