Colby Armstrong, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Colby Armstrong


Colby Joseph Armstrong (born November 23, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens in a 12-year career. He currently serves as an NHL analyst for Sportsnet. Armstrong's younger brother, Riley Armstrong, also played in the NHL, with the San Jose Sharks.


Armstrong was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the 21st pick overall.


In the 2005–06 season, Armstrong made his NHL debut, and had a superb rookie season, in which he played 47 games and tallied 40 points (16 goals and 24 assists) and had a team-high plus-minus rating of +15.


Armstrong had three overtime goals for the Penguins in the 2006–07 season, beating Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers, Ed Belfour of the Florida Panthers and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The Penguins and Armstrong avoided an arbitration hearing in the 2006–07 off-season by re-signing him to two-year, $2.2 million contract.


Armstrong became very close friends with former teammate Sidney Crosby while playing for the Penguins.


Armstrong was a member of Canada's 2007 IIHF World Championship-winning team. His only goal of the tournament was the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Finland in Moscow, which Canada won 4–2.


Pittsburgh traded Armstrong on February 26, 2008, to the Atlanta Thrashers, alongside Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen and a first-round draft pick, in exchange for Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.[2] He then scored 11 points in 18 games to finish out the 2007–08 season with Atlanta.


On July 16, 2009, Armstrong re-signed with the Thrashers to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. He served as one of the team's alternate captains during the 2009–10 season.


On July 1, 2010, Armstrong signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a three-year, $9 million contract.[3] With his first two seasons largely affected by injury and inconsistent play, on June 30, 2012, he was bought-out by the Maple Leafs from his final season of his contract.


With the opening of free agency the next day on July 1, 2012, Armstrong was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.[4] During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Armstrong predominately played on the fourth line as a part of a revitalized Canadiens team, contributing with just five points in 37 games to help qualify the Habs for the 2013 playoffs.


On July 27, 2013, Armstrong left the NHL as a free agent and signed his first European contract with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League.


Since the 2014–15 season, Armstrong was hired by Rogers Media and now serves as an analyst for Sportsnet's national coverage of the NHL.

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