What to know about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ newest additions

The Pittsburgh Penguins have added another former star player to their ranks, as former defenseman John Carlson has signed a one-year contract with the team.

Carlson has been a fixture for the Pittsburgh team for several seasons and is a key member of the team’s top defensive pairing with Kris Letang.

Carlson joins fellow former Penguins Matt Cullen and Chris Kunitz as former NHLers on the roster, which also includes current Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Carlson was a member of two Stanley Cup titles with the New York Islanders in 2009-10 and has also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes.

CARLSON, KURTZ, CORNELAND, CARLSON AND KUNITZ’S TRANSITION Carolina Hurricanes’ Kevin Connauton is joining the Pittsburgh Panthers as an unrestricted free agent.

Connautoff played for three teams during his seven-year career with the Carolina Hurricanes: the Carolina Dream Team of the NHL in 2006-07, the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008-09 and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12.

The 27-year-old defenseman was a two-time Norris Trophy winner for the Flyers, and won a Stanley Cup in 2014.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Connautons most recent stop was the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in 2018-19.

The veteran defenseman has played with Pittsburgh for the past two seasons and played with the Hurricanes for two seasons.

He was the team captain in 2017-18, and helped the Hurricanes reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2012.

He made 29 NHL appearances with Pittsburgh from 2012-15, scoring eight goals.

COCHRAN, CARSON, LUTHER, CHANGING SCREENINGS CARLSONS TRANSITION NEWS The Pittsburgh Panthers have re-signed veteran defenseman John Carlsson to a one year deal.

Carlsson, 27, was one of the most decorated players in the NHL during his time with the Pittsburgh Hurricanes.

The six-foot, 210-pound Carlsson made his NHL debut with the Panthers in 2012-13 and made his mark in his rookie season with the Blackhawks in 2014-15.

Carlson led the Blackhawks with 37 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 82 games and finished the season with 36 points (16 goals, 18 assists) over 70 regular season games.

He has two goals and six assists in six postseason games with the Penguins.