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The Pittsburgh Penguins officially signed veteran forward Brian Boyle to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
The team also moved centre Evgeni Malkin to long-term injured reserve and changed captain Sidney Crosby's status to injured non-roster. Additionally, forward Zach Aston-Reese was added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list.
Pittsburgh called up forwards Anthony Angello and Drew O'Connor from the AHL on Tuesday as well.
Boyle joined the Penguins on a professional tryout contract ahead of training camp last month. He last played in the NHL during the 2019-20 season with Florida, recording six goals and 15 points in 39 games.
The 36-year-old has 130 goals and 231 points in 805 games across 12-plus NHL seasons split between the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers.
Boyle was awarded the 2018 Bill Masterton Trophy in 2018 following his cancer diagnosis during training camp in 2017.
Malkin was ruled out for at least the first two months of the season in September as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery. The 36-year-old was first hurt during a collision against the Boston Bruins on March 16. He missed the final six weeks of the regular season and didn't return to action until Game 3 of Pittsburgh's first round loss to the New York Islanders.
The 35-year-old was averaging nearly a point per game before he was hurt, with eight goals and 20 assists in 33 games. He added another five points in four playoff games against New York. In 15 seasons, all with Pittsburgh, Malkin has 424 goals and 680 assists for 1,104 points and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion.
Crosby was given a six-week timeline for recovery after undergoing wrist the surgery on Sept. 8.
The 34-year-old posted 24 goals and 62 points in 55 games last season and added one goal and two points in six playoff games.
A veteran of 1,039 career games, Crosby enters his 17th NHL season sitting third among active players in goals with 411 and second among active players in assists (690) and points (1,101) behind only Florida Panthers forward Joe Thornton.