Teddy Blueger Signs Two-Year Extension With Pittsburgh Penguins

Teddy Blueger
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Teddy Blueger #53 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2019 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Teddy Blueger to a two-year contract. The deal is worth an average annual value of $750,000. This solidifies Bluegers place with the team through the 2020-21 season.

Teddy Blueger Re-Signs With Penguins

Pittsburgh has locked down another one of their remaining restricted free agents. Center Teddy Blueger will remain with the club for the next two years. Bluegers contract is notably a one-way deal. That means, after spending four years at the AHL level, it’s pretty unlikely he’ll be making his way back down anytime soon.

The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Teddy Blueger with the second pick of the 22nd round, 52nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Blueger made his NHL debut last season and became a quick favourite. His dedication on and off the ice to development made it clear that he deserves to be playing in the league.

Now that the Penguins have solidified a deal with Blueger, the team has roughly $840,000 left in cap space. They still need to address defencemen Marcus Pettersson and forward Zach Aston-Reese. Aston-Reese filed for arbitration. Pettersson was ineligible due to signing his entry-level contract at 19 years-old.

What This Means for the Future

Now that veteran Matt Cullen has retired, Teddy Blueger is likely a lock for the teams’ fourth-line center space that recently opened. Before breaking onto the NHL scene, Blueger impressed at the AHL level. His most successful season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was his 2017-18 campaign. He collected 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 total points.

Blueger impressed in Pittsburgh, tallying six goals and four assists in 28 games. He’s a strong piece to fill out the teams bottom six. This contract will give him the chance to show the Pens what he is capable of, and prove himself to be an asset to the team.

The Penguins are tight at the cap ceiling now, especially looking to handle both Aston-Reese and Pettersson. Pettersson is likely due for a pay bump, so locking up Blueger for this steal of a deal is a dream for the organization.

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