Penguins sign goalie, announce promotional events

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The Penguins have signed veteran NHL goaltender Ty Conklin.

He is expected to play for their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, but would give the Penguins an experienced option if No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury or his backup, Dany Sabourin, struggles or is injured.

Conklin, 31, split last season between Columbus and Buffalo; he had a a 3.34 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage in 16 games.

For his career, which began with a stint in Edmonton, Conklin is 30-24-6, with a 2.65 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.

The Penguins today also announced a promotional schedule for the 2007-08 season includes four bobblehead giveaways and a tribute to Sidney Crosby becoming the youngest captain in NHL history.

The bobbleheads will feature Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Mark Recchi, with the latter's honoring him for scoring 500 goals in the NHL.

The Crosby captaincy promotion is scheduled for the home opener Oct. 6 against Anaheim, when fans will receive a captain's "C" as well as a photo of Crosby and a list of his accomplishments, all in a glass case.

Fans 14 and under are scheduled to receive three items over the course of the season: a Crosby growth chart, a tote bag and a Penguins Mr. Potato Head figure.


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