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Former Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell to stay with Penguins

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Eric Hartzell has inked another deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His contract is for two years, running through the 2014-2015 season.

Quinnipiac’s former Hobey Baker Award Finalist may not spend all his time at the NHL level though. The two-way deal is worth a total of $550,000 at the NHL level; however, he may be assigned to the AHL or ECHL, which would cause that figure to drop.

Hartzell’s chances of staying with the NHL club do not look good on paper. The Penguins’ website lists four goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury, Tomas Vokoun, Jeff Zatkoff, and Hartzell. Recently, Fluery and Vokoun have been the NHL team’s goalies, while Zatkoff has spent his last four seasons in the AHL.

Tomas Vokoun is 37-years old. Marc-Andre Fleury is 28 and has not been playing well recently. How much longer do they have left with the Penguins? Will Hartzell somehow make his way on to the NHL team? Will he be stuck in the AHL, or worse, the ECHL, lowering his contract tender? Where do you think he will land?

Earlier this year, just after Quinnipiac’s first trip to the Frozen Four in April, Hartzell signed his initial contract with the Penguins. That deal lasted the short remainder of the 2012-2013 NHL season, with the 2013 USA Hockey College Player of the Year playing the team’s third-string goalie.