The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Danton Heinen on a one-year contract, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
The one-way deal will run through the 2022-23 campaign and carries an average annual value of $1 million.
Heinen, 27, finished his first season with Pittsburgh in 2021-22, recording 18 goals, 15 assists and 33 points in 76 games. His 18 goals were a single-season career high, and his three power-play goals tied his career best set in 2019-20. Fifteen of his 18 goals came at even strength, which trailed only Jake Guentzel (33) and Sidney Crosby (23) for most on the Penguins.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Heinen has played parts of six seasons in the NHL split between Pittsburgh, the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks. In 348 career games, Heinen has recorded 62 goals, 92 assists, 154 points and is plus-15. His best season came in 2017-18 when he finished fifth on Boston with a career-high 47 points (16G-31A) in 77 games.
The Langley, British Columbia native has 40 games of Stanley Cup Playoff experience with Pittsburgh and Boston, where he’s picked up six goals, six assists, 12 points and is plus-5. He tallied three goals in Round One of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers.
Heinen spent one full season in the American Hockey League, and parts of two others, with the Providence Bruins. He was named an AHL All-Star in 2016-17 after accumulating 44 points (14G-30A) in 49 games with Providence.
Prior to being drafted in the fourth round (116th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Heinen spent two seasons playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 2014-16. In 81 career games, Heinen scored 36 goals, 57 assists and 93 points.
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