Pittsburgh re-signs WBS captain

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Ryan Craig to a one-year contract, it was announced Monday by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal is for the 2011-12 season and is a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

Craig, 29, recently completed his first season with the Pittsburgh organization, splitting time between the Penguins and their top affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Craig appeared in six games for Pittsburgh, accumulating 22 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound forward spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he served as team captain. Craig finished the regular season ranked second on the team with 48 points (19g, 29a) in 71 games. He added a team-leading (tied) three goals and a plus-seven rating, while ranking second with seven points (3g, 4a), in 12 postseason contests.

Prior to joining the Penguins, Craig spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay organization after the Lightning selected him in the eighth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In 190 career games with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, Craig has totaled 32 goals, 31 assists and 63 points. He has also appeared in 11 postseason contests with Tampa Bay.

Craig has played 315 career AHL games over eight pro seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Norfolk, Springfield and Hershey, totaling 86 goals and 85 assists for 171 points.