The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year contract worth $550,000.
Mikkelson was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2nd round, 31st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On November 30, 2006, Brendan was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Ducks. Mikkelson was claimed by the Calgary Flames on Waivers on October 19, 2010 On July 14, 2011, Mikkelson signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames, but the Flames traded Mikkelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 6, 2012, in exchange for forward Blair Jones.
Mikkelson was placed on waivers by the Lightning on March 11th, 2013. With the Bolts this season, he has accounted for one assist, a +2 rating and three blocked shots in four appearances. During the NHL lockout, the defenseman played with Vasteras IK in Sweden, posting three goals and seven points in 17 matches.
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