Penguins sign defenceman Skoula

Martin Skoula has signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Martin Skoula has signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Finical terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A nine-year veteran of the NHL, Skoula has played 724 career games and 79 playoff contests during stints in Colorado, Anaheim, Dallas and Minnesota.

The reliable Skoula has appeared in at least 78 games in each of his nine seasons, posting career totals of 41 goals, 144 assists, 185 points and a plus-13 rating, as well as 14 post-season points. 

Before signing with the Penguins, Skoula tried out for, and was realsed by both the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins signed Skoula just hours after he was released by the Blue Jackets.

Skoula broke into the league in 1999 when he was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 17th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2001 at the age of 20, Skoula helped the Avalanche capture their second Stanley Cup.

Skoula spent the last three seasons with the Minnesota Wild.