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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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