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Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign Teddy Blueger to two-year deal

May 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Teddy Blueger (53) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Teddy Blueger (53) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday brought back center Teddy Blueger on a two-year deal with an annual average value of $2.2 million.

The Latvian completed his third NHL season with Pittsburgh after being selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL draft. He was due to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Blueger, who turns 27 next month, played 43 games in 2020-21 and matched his previous season’s total with 22 points, netting seven goals and a career-best 15 assists. He missed some time mid-season with an upper-body injury.

Blueger also scored three shorthanded goals in 2020-21, a team high for Pittsburgh, amid his duties on the penalty kill.

“Teddy has proven to be a versatile, two-way center, as well as a fixture on the penalty kill,” general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “He is a valuable player for our team.”

–Field Level Media