Former Penguins forward Dominik Simon returns to Czechia

Former Penguins striker Dominik Simon has signed a two-year contract with HC Sparta Praha in his native Czech Republic.

The signing was announced by the team on Saturday with a press release as well as a video presentation.

According to the team statement, Simon said the Penguins offered him the chance to attend their next training camp — presumably on a professional tryout (PTO) contract — but he opted out. to return to the Czech Republic.

Simon, 28, played in 72 games for the Penguins and Anaheim Ducks last season and scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) while averaging 10:17 of ice time per game.

The Penguins sold Simon to the Ducks at the March 21 trade deadline as part of an asset package that brought Rickard Rakell to Pittsburgh.

Simon previously played for HC Sparta Praha as a professional, most recently in the 2012-13 season, and also played for that organization’s youth teams. Prague-based HC Sparta Praha competes in the top Czech league, commonly known as the Czech Extraliga.

A fifth-round pick (137th overall) by the Penguins in 2015, Simon spent six seasons with the Penguins at the NHL level. In 228 career games with the Penguins, Simon has amassed 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists).

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Seth Rorabaugh is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Seth by email at srorabaugh@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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