Pittsburgh Penguins announce decision on Teddy Blueger's future

The Penguins have brought back the penalty killing forward for another two years.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially decided on the short-term future of forward Teddy Blueger's future in the Steel City. 

They won't be exposing him to next week's NHL Expansion Draft of the Seattle Kraken, instead opting to re-sign him to a two-year contract with an average salary of $2.2 million. With the contract, he becomes one of the seven forwards that the Penguins will tell Seattle to keep their hands (or tentacles) off of. 

As one of the team's top penalty killers, Blueger scored a career-high three shorthanded goals last season, and his four career shorties since making the jump to the NHL in 2019-20 are the most on the team.

"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."

The 26 year old forward recorded seven goals, 15 assists, 22 points and was plus-10 in 43 games this past season, tying his previous career high in 2019-20. He was originally drafted in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Penguins, and would soon go on to help Minnesota State win Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship in back-to-back seasons. 

His previous contract, a two-year pact that had a cap hit of $750,000, wrapped up at the end of this season. 

The Penguins are now turning their attention to Zach Aston-Reese, Mark Jankowski, Kasper Bjorkqvist, and Radim Zohorna.