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Big Value: Penguins Sign Chad Ruhwedel to Two Year Deal

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The Pittsburgh Penguins locked up their super-sub for two more years. On Saturday, Penguins GM Ron Hextall dished a new two-year contract to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.

The deal is two years at $800,000 per year and will run through 2023-24, a considerable value for a depth defenseman who has filled a regular role this season.

“Chad exemplifies what it means to be a teammate,” said Hextall. “His work ethic and positive attitude never waver, and we are happy he will be a part of our team for the next couple of years.

Ruhwedel is in his first full season as a regular. The 31-year-old built a career as a seventh defenseman able to sit for long stretches before capably filling in for spot duty or as an injury replacement.

This season, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Ruhwedel has appeared in a career-high 47 games. He has six points, including one goal, which he scored last Tuesday in the Penguins comeback win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Sidney Crosby 500th-goal game. Ruhwedel is a plus-3 while playing an average of 15:25 minutes per game.

He anchors the Pittsburgh Penguins’ third pairing with offensive-defensive Mike Matheson.

Chad Ruhwedel has also established career bests in hits (91), blocked shots (43), and takeaways (12), while his six points are tied for the second-highest total of his career. He has been a staple on Pittsburgh’s number-two ranked penalty-killing unit, where he’s third among team defensemen averaging 1:38 of shorthanded time-on-ice per game.

The San Diego, California native, broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres organization as an undrafted free agent following a three-year collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He served as an alternate captain in his final season. Ruhwedel has appeared in a combined 234 career NHL regular-season games between Pittsburgh and Buffalo, netting 33 points (8-25-33).

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Jackmccrory
Jackmccrory
9 months ago

I’d rather see him out there on the PK than Letang

moe
moe
9 months ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

Letang is one of the best pp quarterbacks in the NHL.

Kris
Kris
9 months ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

he is out on the PK. Maybe watch a little closer. the 4 PK guys are Letang/Ruhwedel and Marino/Dumoulin. Doesn’t say much if our Defensive, Defenseman Pettersson is not killing penalties.

Chris R
Chris R
9 months ago

Glad he got re-signed; wish he’d gotten more.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris R

For his own salary, for sure. But for cap purposes, it’s fantastic.

Wasnt
9 months ago

That’s one signing down now Geno,Letang,Rust, ER, ZAR….am I forgetting anyone???

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
9 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

If you haven’t seen it yet, CapFriendly is your friend… https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/penguins

Rob
Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

The full list ufa: Malkin, Rust, Erod,ZAR, Simon, Boyle, Letang, and Desmith.

Rfa: Kapanen, Friedman, and Heinen

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

8 ufas left and 3 rfas. Hextall needs to waken from his slumber

Kris
Kris
9 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Why.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
9 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Great question. We’ve talked about the important signings already on various threads. Are there really RFAs we need to sign *soon*? (I’d say no) And other than the big guys, are we holding our breath for, gulp, ZAR, ERod, Simon (?!? yeah, yeah, ‘analytics’), Boyle (whom I like) and CDS (Dominguez)…? (I’d also say no)

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
9 months ago

That is a bargain for a #7 depth defenseman, let alone one who has turned into a #6 defenseman. I think this hints at Hextall looking to upgrade the position either now or in the off season.

Kasper 11
Kasper 11
9 months ago

Dan ,
Am I wrong or a couple of months ago you declared Ruhwedel had played his last game as a penguin ?