Penguins sign F Zach Aston-Reese to 2-year deal

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The 24-year-old posted career highs in goals and assists

Pittsburgh Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL preseason hockey game

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Zach Aston-Reese (46) plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL preseason hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 season.

The deal is worth $1 million annually. The two sides came together Monday minutes before heading to arbitration.

The 24-year-old Aston-Reese posted career highs in goals with eight and assists with nine despite being limited to 43 games because of a hand injury. He skated alongside Sidney Crosby on the top line but also put in work with the fourth line.

Aston-Reese gives the Penguins more options as they try to bounce back from a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders.

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