Penguins sign another veteran, defenseman Odelein

Updated: September 2, 2005, 3:37 PM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- Veterans continue to march to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Defenseman Lyle Odelein, who has played in more than 1,000 NHL games with seven teams, signed with the Penguins on Friday.

Terms were not disclosed.

In an effort to turn the worst team in the NHL into one of the best, the Penguins have been very active in the free agent market, signing defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Steve Poapst, right wing Ziggy Palffy and left wing John LeClair.

The cast of veterans will join a team that features Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux and 2005 No. 1 overall pick Sidney Crosby.

Odelein, 37, played in all 82 games with the Florida Panthers in 2003-04, recording four goals and 12 assists. He has played in at least 68 games each of the last nine seasons.

Odelein spent his first six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and was a member of their last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1993. He also played with New Jersey (1996-2000), Phoenix (1999-2000), Columbus (2000-02), Chicago (2001-03) and Dallas (2003) and served as captain for Columbus during the franchise's first two seasons.

The 6-0, 210-pound Odelein has 50 goals, 201 assists and 2,266 penalty minutes in 1,029 games. In 86 postseason games, he has five goals and 13 assists.

The Penguins on Friday also named former player Kevin Stevens as a scout.

A member of both Penguins' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1992, Stevens will scout both amateur and professional games in the New England area for the Penguins.

"We're delighted to have Kevin back where he belongs, with the Penguins," general manager Craig Patrick said.

Stevens ranks fifth on the club's all-time list with 260 goals and sixth in points with 555. He is the team's all-time leader in penalty minutes (1,048).