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Penguins Sign Alexandre Daigle

October 4, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Forward Alexandre Daigle, who walked away from hockey at age 25 two years ago before trying out with Pittsburgh this year, signed a contract with the Penguins on Friday.

Daigle signed a one-year deal worth $700,000 and could receive bonuses depending on his performance.

A No. 1 draft pick for Ottawa in 1993, Daigle never achieved the stardom projected for him. The Montreal native played in 458 games with Ottawa, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers, recording 100 goals and 141 assists before retiring in 2000.

Daigle had eight goals and 18 assists in 58 games with the Rangers the year he retired.

This summer, Daigle appeared ready to go to camp with San Jose before signing a tryout contract with the Penguins to play alongside Mario Lemieux, who, like Daigle, is French-Canadian.

Daigle chose to make his comeback with the Penguins in part because of their traditionally more wide-open offensive system.

In four preseason games, Daigle was second on the team in scoring with three goals and three assists.

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