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Better Late than Never: Pettersson Signs New Contract

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Marcus Pettersson discussed a long term deal last summer, but the Penguins salary cap jam prevented the Penguins from officially offering the deal. On the eve of training camp, Pettersson signed his paltry $874,125 qualifying offer.

Tuesday morning, Pettersson finally got paid.

The team and defenseman agreed to a five-year, $20,125 million contract with an average annual value $4.025 million.

“In just over a year, Marcus has had a significant impact on our defensive group,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He is young, reliable and smart, which is important in today’s game. Marcus is part of our young core and it was important to get him signed long-term.”

A source with direct knowledge of the deal told PHN Pettersson also earned an eight-team NTC in the final two years of the deal, which coincide with the years he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

The Penguins acquired Pettersson from the Anaheim Ducks in December of 2018 for struggling prospect Daniel Sprong. Pettersson made an immediate impact with the Penguins. He scored 19 points (2g, 17a) in 57 games with the Penguins. He had six points (0g, 6a) in 27 games with Anaheim.

This season, Pettersson, 23, was called “one of our four best defensemen,” by head coach Mike Sullivan.

Pettersson has 15 points (1g, 14a) in 50 games this season. He has been a fixture in the Penguins top-four and one of the few Penguins players not affected by injuries.

The deal is a flat deal without a salary escalation or signing bonuses. Marcus Pettersson will be 29-years-old at the conclusion of the deal in 2026.

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David Stoebe
David Stoebe
2 years ago

Yay?

King Penguin
King Penguin
2 years ago

Now maybe MP will settle down and turn back the clock to last season, when he played more like a $4-million defenseman.

Cal
Cal
2 years ago

The contract will look great in a few years.

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
2 years ago

Hoping he puts some meat on that frame. Man if he did he could be a beast of a Dman. Still love the signing. Good on JR for making good on the handshake. Thank you MP for helping us keep the band together when we were in cap hell!

The Binker
The Binker
2 years ago

MP gets physically abused too often. That’s another reason why GMJR should inquire about Byfuglien (if healthy) before the deadline. There are a lot of ifs about Byfuglien right now, but it’s quite possible that he will return next month and not with the Jets. There’s bad blood there and the Jets need a center in the worst way. An offer of Bjugstad and Johnson/Schultz would be a good place to start. Byfuglien is signed through next season at $7.6 mill. Can you imagine Big Buff in a top four role on the back line? He would provide a physical… Read more »

Herman
Herman
2 years ago
Reply to  The Binker

Agreed. It was a fair deal based on a Gentleman’s agreement but I think MP works best with a physical stay at home partner. Would have liked the AAV to be lower but that’s just nitpicking.

BIG B
BIG B
2 years ago

Why won’t my comments show up here?Three times i have left a comment and it has not showed up.I did not write anything offensive.

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