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Penguins sign forward James

The Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have signed free-agent right wing Connor James.

James, 23, appeared in 77 games with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs during the 2005-06 season and recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists), ranking fourth on the team in scoring and fifth in goals.

James made his NHL debut in 2005-06 with the Los Angeles Kings, appearing in two games and going scoreless.

The 5-foot-10 and 170-pound native of Calgary, Alta., totaled 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 91 games with Manchester over the last two seasons. James attended the University of Denver (2000-04) and was a member of their 2004 NCAA championship team, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In 160 career games at Denver, James recorded 150 points (57+93) and 60 penalty minutes.

James was drafted by Los Angeles in 2002.