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Penguins acquire Washington, Pa native Riley Barber

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Montreal Canadiens forward and Washington, Pennsylvania native Riley Barber on Thursday, along with Phil Varone, in exchange for forwards Joseph Blandisi and Jake Luchini.

The 26-year-old forward, a Pittsburgh Hornets alum, attended Miami University from 2012-15, amassing 123 points in 116 games with the RedHawks.

In his fifth professional season with the American Hockey League, playing for the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate Laval Rocket, Barber has 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 39 games. Prior to the 2019-20 season, he spent the last four seasons with the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears, scoring 180 points in 237 games.

He played three games with the Washington Capitals in 2016-17 and nine games with the Canadiens this season, but has yet to score a point in any of those 12 NHL contests.

Barber is the son of former NHL forward Don Barber, who played 115 games over four seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, and San Jose Sharks, from 1988 to 1992.

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