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Reid Simpson, one of two Flin Flonners playing in the NHL, will skate with one of the game's all-time greats this season. On Friday, the enforcer signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are captained by team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Simpson, a 34-year-old left winger, will add some toughness to the rebuilding Penguins, who haven't appeared in the post-season since 2001. Pittsburgh is his ninth stop in 13 NHL seasons. He has also skated for the Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. Last season in Nashville, Simpson played in 26 games, garnering one assist and 56 penalty minutes. In 299 career games, he has 18 goals, 18 assists and 821 penalty minutes. The 6'2", 216 lb. enforcer was drafted 72nd overall by the Flyers in the 1989 NHL entry draft. Simpson and Matt Davidson of the Columbus Blue Jackets are Flin Flon's current NHLers, carrying on the community's long-standing reputation as a training ground for hockey talent. Davidson, 26, had four goals, five assists and 18 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets last season. In 56 career games, the winger has five goals, seven assists and 28 penalty minutes. Davidson was drafted 94th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995 NHL entry draft.