The Norfolk Admirals have signed forward Rod Pelley to a professional tryout contract, assistant general manager Bob Ferguson announced today.
Pelley, 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, is a veteran of 407 career professional games. In 256 career NHL games between the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils, Pelley has scored nine goals and 29 points with 102 penalty minutes. Last season, Pelley was acquired by Anaheim along with Mark Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from New Jersey in exchange for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier.
In 52 games between the Ducks and Devils in 2011-12, Pelley posted two goals and three points with 16 penalty minutes.
A 28-year-old native of Kitimat, B.C., Pelley established a career high by appearing in 74 games in 2010-11 with New Jersey. He scored three goals and 10 points in 2010-11, matching a career high in points and establishing a season best in goals.
Pelley last played in the American Hockey League in 2008-09 with the Lowell Devils. In 151 career AHL games over three seasons with Lowell, Pelley accumulated 34 goals and 70 points with 131 penalty minutes.
New Jersey signed Pelley as a free agent on July 17, 2006.