His Anaheim Ducks hockey bag in tow during the announcement video, Czech Elite League team Sparta Praha announced that they have signed former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Dominik Simon to a contract.
Penguins fans who wail and cringe at the thought of Simon in the Penguins roster should like to know that Simon said he declined an offer from the team to attend training camp. It was while waiting for offers that he realized he wanted to return home to Prague.
According to the statement from Sparta, Simon, 28, said: “Pittsburgh offered me a camp, but while I waited I realized that I would actually like to be at home in Prague and in an environment that I know it well. I’m happy that we have an agreement and that I can play for Sparta. I feel very good here.
On Friday, Zach Aston-Reese signed a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the NHL trade deadline, the Penguins traded Aston-Reese and Simon (also a second-round pick and potential goaltender Calle Clang) to the Ducks for Rickard Rackell
In six seasons, Dominik Simon played 228 games with the Penguins. He scored 73 points (22-51-73) over those six seasons. He scored nine points last season, including three goals.
Doma je tam, kde se cítíš dobře. Vitej zpátky, Dominiku!
📲 Informace o návratu a rozhovor s Dominikem Simonem: https://t.co/zoRe1WoCaf pic.twitter.com/bV9Jbj6bzi
— HC Sparta Praha (@HCSpartaPraha) September 10, 2022