Penguins sign Conner, Lee

connerThe Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, announced Sunday they have signed forward Chris Conner to a one-year contract and have agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Lee.

Conner, 25, set new career highs with 10 assists and 13 points in 38 games with the Dallas Stars this past season. He also recorded 16 goals and 28 points in 30 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward has appeared in 71 career NHL games, tallying 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) and 20 minutes in penalties all as a member of the Dallas Stars. Conner made his NHL debut with Dallas on Dec. 8, 2006, vs. Edmonton and scored his first career NHL goal at Colorado on Dec. 27, 2006.

In 148 career AHL games with Peoria and Iowa, Conner has notched 50 goals and 59 assists for 109 points. The native of Westland, Mich., Michigan was an undrafted free agent after four seasons at Michigan Tech.

lee3_200.jpgLee, 28, appeared in 66 contests with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL in 2008-09, tallying six goals and 30 points along with 36 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman has played 170 games over parts of three AHL seasons with Bridgeport, Iowa, Omaha and Albany, collecting 76 points (17 goals, 59 assists) along with 98 penalty minutes.

The native of MacTier, Ont., was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders in 2008.