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From The Ice

Dustin Jeffrey Returns To Pittsburgh in Four-Player Deal

(Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)

Dustin Jeffrey is getting a second chance with his original organization as he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who shipped forward Matia Marcantuoni to the desert.

Jeffrey was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round of the 2007 draft and made his NHL debut in 2008-09, registering one goal and two assists in 14 games. The 28-year-old spent parts of the next five seasons with the Penguins before being placed on waivers and claimed by the Dallas Stars on November 17, 2013.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Jeffrey scored two goals and set up another for the Stars in 2013-14 before signing with Vancouver on July 2, 2014. He did not play a game for the Canucks before being traded on March 2, 2015 to the New York Islanders, for whom he also never suited up.

Jeffrey inked a deal with Arizona on July 1 and recorded a goal and an assist in seven games for the Coyotes earlier this season. The native of Sarnia, Ontario has collected 18 tallies and 33 points in 131 regular-season games with the Penguins, Stars and Coyotes.

Pittsburgh also obtained forward Dan O’Donoghue and defenseman James Melindy, who both were assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL. The 25-year-old O’Donoghue, who was undrafted out of Mercyhurst University, notched three goals and one assist in 18 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League this season while Melindy recorded three tallies and 19 points in 52 contests with Rapid City of the ECHL.

Marcantuoni was selected by the Penguins in the fourth round of the 2012 draft but has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old native of Woodridge, Ontario recorded two goals and three assists in 17 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL as well as three tallies and seven points in nine contests with Wheeling of the ECHL this season.

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