Pens re-sign AHL tough guy Farnham

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Pittsburgh has re-upped with Bobby Farnham on a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level, per the Post-Gazette.

Farnham, 26, made his NHL debut with the Pens last season and appeared in 11 games, going scoreless with 24 PIM. He also fought 15 times — four with Pittsburgh, 11 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton — and it’s that sort of pugilism that will (presumably) keep Farnham in the mix for recalls moving forward.

The Brown University product has made a name for himself over the last two AHL campaigns as an undersized (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) yet willing combatant. In ’12-13, he fought 21 times while racking up a staggering 274 PIM and in ’13-14, Farnham fought 12 times while taking 166 penalty minutes.

In a January USA Today profile, Farnham explained his (slightly different) approach to fighting at the NHL level:

Farnham proudly notes that he’s started turning down fights, something he never did in his first year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, when he got in 25 fights and would go with just about anyone who glanced in his general direction. He fought big guys even, guys way out of his weight class, guys who’d put him down in seconds. He’s stopped that.

“I’ve earned that right. I tell guys to [expletive] themselves now. I’ll say that, too. I’ll say: ‘Go [expletive] yourself.’ I can do that now.” He pauses, then laughs.

“Well, I can do that down in the AHL. I can’t do that up here.”

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