Just days after losing Tomas Vokoun indefinitely to blood clotting issues, the Penguins added journeyman goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the mix, signing him to a professional tryout with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Deslauriers, 29, spent last season with the Minnesota Wild organization.
A highly-touted draftee — Edmonton took him 31st overall in 2002, the fourth goalie taken after Kari Lehtonen, Cam Ward and Hannu Toivonen — Deslauriers has failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level.
His best season came in 2009-10, when he appeared in a career-high 48 games and, dubiously, led the NHL in losses (with 28).
The deal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a return of sorts — Deslauriers played for the Penguins in 2006-07 as Edmonton didn’t have an AHL affiliate at the time.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Deslauriers hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-12 season, when he played in four games for Anaheim.