Feb. 25—The Penguins today signed defenseman Mark Eaton to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Eaton, 35, is a stay-at-home defenseman and was a member of the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup team. He had been practicing with the team in an informal arrangement, and Eaton has said he was hopeful it would lead to a contract.
Earlier this season, Eaton played six games with the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a professional tryout agreement. He spent the previous two seasons with the New York Islanders.
To make room for Eaton on the roster, the Penguins placed center Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve. Malkin has a concussion and has been ruled out of playing on a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Florida. He could be activated from IR as soon as this weekend, with the Penguins then having to reduce its roster by one.
Eaton’s greatest pro success came with Pittsburgh. He played 218 games with the Penguins over four regular seasons, and played all 24 games of the Stanley Cup run, scoring four goals and adding three assists.
He broke into the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999-2000. The Delaware native has also played for the Nashville Predators and the Islanders. He has played 627 NHL games, posting 24 goals, 61 assists and 238 penalty minutes.