For the second straight day, Norway’s top pro league has added the services of a locked-out NHLer.
That’s the news out of Rosenborg as RIHK — Rosenborg Ishockeyklubb Elite — has signed Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland.
It’s the second big signing Rosenborg’s made this week. On Thursday, news broke that the club agreed to terms with Florida forward Jack Skille who, at the time, was believed to be the first NHL player to sign in the Get-ligaen, the top flight of the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation.
Engelland, 30, has spent the last six years with the Penguins organization, making his NHL debut in 2009-10. Last season he emerged as a legitimate top-six blueliner for the club, playing in a career-high 73 games while recording 4G-13A-17PTS, all career highs as well.
Known as one of the toughest fighters in the league — he won Hockeyfights.com’s “Scott Stevens award” for most skilled fighting defenseman — Engelland has fought 21 times over the last two years, including this highly-entertaining tilt with Carolina’s Tim Gleason: