Pittsburgh Penguins claim Adams from Chicago Blackhawks

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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins added some toughness Wednesday, claiming right-winger Craig Adams off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Adams is expected to be in uniform when the Penguins play the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Adams has two goals, four assists and 22 penalty minutes in 36 games with Chicago this season. He has 37 goals in 498 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh, back in position to make the Eastern Conference playoffs after winning their last four games, lost some toughness last summer when forwards Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts and Jarkko Ruutu signed with other teams following the Stanley Cup final. General manager Ray Shero was known to be looking to add a role player or two at the deadline.

Adams, 31, is in the final season of a US$6-million, three-year contract and can become a free agent after the season ends.