Devils sign Gibbons to PTO as Shero’s Pittsburgh-to-New Jersey train rides again


More like the New Jersey Penguins, right?

C’mon, it’s not the worst lede you’ve read on this site.

On Friday, the Devils announced that diminutive winger Brian Gibbons — who the Penguins signed as a undrafted free agent in 2011 — would be attending training camp on a professional tryout, continuing GM Ray Shero’s theme of bringing in guys from his time with Pittsburgh.

Shero signed Gibbons out of Boston College, and Gibbons eventually worked his way up to the NHL, peaking with 17 points in 41 games during the ’13-14 campaign (and another three in eight playoff games).

Since leaving the Pens organization, Gibbons has spent time with both the Blue Jackets and Rangers organizations, though mostly with their American League affiliates.

As mentioned above, Shero loves him some Penguins.

His coach in New Jersey, John Hynes, came from the Pittsburgh organization. So too did his assistant GM, Tom Fitzgerald.

And players? Oh yeah, Shero loves his old Pittsburgh players. Since taking the New Jersey GM gig in May of 2015, Shero has brought Lee Stempniak, Bobby Farnham, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, David Warsofsky, Beau Bennett and Ben Lovejoy into the fold.

Related: New Jersey also gave Anders Lindback, who has shockingly never played for Pittsburgh, a PTO