The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bobby Farnham to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level, according to a statement released by general manager Jim Rutherford on Monday.
Farnham, 26, became a bit of a folk hero in 2014-15 when he made his NHL debut. Farnham’s wild style of play and penchant for drawing penalties led to popularity that belies his lack of production (no points in 11 games.)
With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, Farnham recorded seven goals and seven assists in 62 games along with 226 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating.
Farnham, a native of North Andover, Massachusetts, was first signed by the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL out of Brown University in 2012-13. He played nine games with the Nailers, scoring three goals and one assist, before being called up to Wilkes-Barre for the remainder of the season.
He earned his first NHL contract before the 2013-14 season and responded with career highs in goals (7) and points (14).
Farnham had been a restricted free agent. Although he signed a two-way contract, Farnham would have to clear waivers to be sent to Wilkes-Barre this season. Farnham has not yet been exposed to waivers in his career. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season.
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