PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust stays at Pittsburgh.
The veteran forward, who was due to become a free agent this summer, has signed a six-year contract with the Penguins until 2028.
Announced on Saturday, the average annual value of these deals is $5125,000.
The 30-year-old has scored 24 goals this season, providing a career-best 34 assists. Rust wants to stay at Pittsburgh earlier this week, but added: “I’ve been playing at a higher level than what’s been stated in my contract over the past few years.”
Rust was finalizing a contract that would pay him $3.5 million a season. Now he’ll get an impression and stay in a fixed place for the better part of the decade.
A third-round pick in the 2010 Draft, Rust made his NHL debut on December 13, 2014. Since his arrival, only Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel have scored more goals than the 124 they had accumulated over 424 at the Penguins. stratagem.
Rust also played a key role in helping the Pittsburgh advance to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Rust has scored 21 goals in 79 career playoff games and is one of only four players to score in each of their first three game wins in NHL history. Playoff Clinch Series.
“Brian exemplifies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin,” Pittsburgh general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “Leadership and experience as a two-time Stanley Cup champion are an important part of our team.”
Rust’s signature is the first domino to fall at a time when it can be a very busy summer for penguins. Pittsburgh made the playoffs for 16 straight seasons, the longest hitting streak in any major North American sport, but lost seven games to the New York Rangers in the first round.
Malkin and Kris Letang are just one of several notable players set to hit the open market this summer. Like Rust, they have expressed their desire to remain in Pittsburgh, but unlike Rust, they are later in their careers. Malkin will turn 36 in July and Letang will turn 35 in April.
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