Hockey

Penguins re-sign Armstrong for 2 years

Colby Armstrong will have a couple of more NHL seasons to work his way back onto Sidney's Crosby's line in Pittsburgh after re-signing with the Penguins Thursday.

Colby Armstrong will have a couple of more NHL seasons to work his way back onto Sidney's Crosby's line in Pittsburgh.

The rugged winger re-signed with the Penguins for two years Thursday after collecting 12 goals and 34 points in 80 games last season.

"Colby is another young guy who plays with passion, gives us versatility up front and brings an added physical dimension to our team," said general manager Ray Shero. "We are confident he'll continue to grow as a player."

Armstrong, 24, started the 2006-07 season playing on the top line with Crosby but found himself with different linemates by the end of the campaign.

Armstrong helped Canada capture a gold medal at the world championship in Moscow this past May, scoring a goal in the final game.

The native of Lloydminster, Sask., has 74 points (28-46) in 127 NHL games— all with Pittsburgh. He was drafted 21st overall by the Penguins in 2001.

In other Penguins news Thursday, minor-leaguers Chris Minard and Nathan Smith agreed to two-year contracts.

Minard, 25, led the American Hockey League's Lowell Devils with 49 points last season.

Smith, 25, had 19 goals and 40 points in 72 games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, and he played one game for the Vancouver Canucks.

With files from the Canadian Press