After one year out of the NHL in the Swiss National League, Richard Park has a chance to get back to the big time. The 35-year-old forward signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins today. The contract will be worth $550K at the NHL level, while the AHL value hasn’t been disclosed yet.
Park should be familiar to Penguins fans. He started his NHL career with the Pens, who drafted him in the second round in 1994. Parked played in one game in 1994-95, 56 in 95-96 and one more in 96-97 before becoming a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Park played with Genève-Servette HC in the Swiss league in 2010-11 after spending the previous four campaigns with the New York Islanders. He scored 34 points in 47 games overseas.
A two-way contract illustrates that he’s not a sure thing to make the Penguins roster (or at least stick with the big club during the entire season), but SBN Pittsburgh points out that he might help fill the penalty-killing void left behind by checking forward Maxime Talbot’s free agent departure. Aside from that, Park is known for being the second South Korean-born player in NHL history – former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek was the first.