Pens sign Kostopoulos — one year, $600k


The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with veteran forward Tom Kostopoulos on a one-year, two-way, $600,000 deal, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Kostopoulos, 34, had been playing with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a professional try out, appearing in 17 games and notching 3G-4A-7PTS.

A veteran of over 600 NHL games, Kostopoulos was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in 1999 and spent four seasons with the organization before moving to Los Angeles in 2005-06.

He spent last season in Calgary, scoring 4G-8A-12PTS in 81 games.

According to the Penguins website, Kostopoulos will be placed on waivers on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. If he clears, he’ll be re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday afternoon.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.