Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland heading to Norway


Feb 29, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Penguins defeated the Stars 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

After two days of negotiating sessions and no end in sight for the NHL lockout, Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Deryk Engelland is heading to Norway to play hockey in the top league over there, the RIHK (Roesenborg Ishockeyklubb).

Last year Engelland played in 73 games and four goals and 13 assists. Like with most defensemen, it is the work Engelland does that doesn’t appear on the stat sheet that makes him so valuable to the Penguins.

Engelland joins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Dustin Jeffrey as Penguins who have signed to play overseas. If the lockout stays this way he will not be the last.