Penguins sign Steve Downie; guarantees 'liberties' won't be taken on Crosby, Malkin

July 3, 8:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed free agent forward Steve Downie to a one-year contract Wednesday. The forward is coming off ear surgery on both ears to improve his hearing.

He made a guarantee to the Penguins fans and media Thursday night saying Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will not be taken advantage of next season.

Downie is known as a bit of a trouble maker and is on his third team in six years, including bookend visits to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007-08 and last season.

July 2, 12:55 PM

Report: Penguins sign Steve Downie to 1-year deal

July 2, 12:55 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly dipped into the free-agent pool to add some extra grit to the lineup.

The 27-year-old former first round pick (2005) notched four goals and 24 points in 62 games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14.

The ultimate pest, Downie was jettisoned from the Avalanche in 2013 following a reported incident with captain Gabriel Landeskog.