Penguins sign Ian Cole to a three-year, $6.3 million deal

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year, $6.3 million contract with an annual average value of $2.1 million.

Cole, who was acquired by the Pens from the Blues in March, appeared in 20 regular season games for Pittsburgh scoring a goal and eight points to go along with a minus-2 rating while averaging 18:29 in time on ice.

The 6-foot-1, 219-pound blue liner also appeared in five playoff games with the Pens registering two assists while averaging 23 minutes in ice time.

Originally a first-round pick (18th overall) by St. Louis in 2007, Cole appeared in 167 games for the Blues over five seasons.

With the signing Pittsburgh now has five defensemen under contract for 2015-16, according to Generalfanager.com. The Pens have roughly $13.7 million left to work with to fill out their roster.