Penguins sign D Chad Ruhwedel to 2-year contract extension

Pittsburgh Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel (2) is greeted by teammates on the bench after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.

The deal carries an average annual value of $800,000 and runs through the 2023-24 season.

The extension also gives the 31-year-old some stability. He spent the majority of his first five seasons in Pittsburgh in a reserve role, typically only seeing playing time when other defensemen were injured.

But Ruhwedel has taken on a larger role this season, scoring one goal to go his five assists in a career-high 47 games so far. Pittsburgh is tied with Carolina for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

“Chad exemplifies what it means to be a teammate,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “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.”

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