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Penguins snag Bourque off waivers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Chris Bourque off waivers from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Chris Bourque off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

Bourque, son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, will be added to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, the team announced Wednesday.

The 23-year-old winger was the picked by the Capitals as the 33rd selection in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

He spent the previous five campaigns in the Capitals organization but appeared in only 12 games with the club, recording one goal and was set to make $577,500 US this season.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Bourque spent four seasons with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He put up 230 points, including 82 goals, in 270 games, and was part of two Calder Cup championship teams in Hershey (2006, 2009).

During last season's playoff run with the Bears, Bourque contributed 21 points (5 goals,16 assists) in 22 games to help lead Hershey to the Calder Cup title.

While the Pens picked up Bourque, they lost forward Paul Bissonnette on waivers to Phoenix.

Bissonnette put up one assist in 15 games with Pittsburgh last season.

Forwards Ryan Bayda and Chris Conner and defencemen Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of AHL after clearing waivers.