Sergei Gonchar on Wednesday accepted an offer to become a full-fledged member of the coaching staff after acting as the organization’s defensive development coach for the past two seasons.
The Penguins gave a vote of confidence to a pair of young players Wednesday, signing defenseman Derrick Pouliot and winger Josh Archibald to one-way contracts.
Pouliot, 23, will make $800,000 on a one-year deal. Archibald, 24, signed a two-year contract with an average salary of $675,000.
The Penguins will host a massive junior hockey showcase Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at their practice facility in Cranberry. The USHL Fall Classic will include all 17 of the country’s top junior hockey league’s organizations as well as U14 and U16 tournaments.