Rust calls four-year deal ‘boost’ to confidence


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Bryan Rust. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Well, that was easy, hardly contentious at all.

On Wednesday, the Penguins announced they re-signed restricted free agentĀ Bryan Rust to a four-year, $14 million deal that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2021-22 season.

The contract carries an average annual value of $3.5 million per season. Rust's salary the past two seasons had come at a cap hit of just $640,000.

Speaking to on Wednesday, Jim Rutherford declined to characterize the nature of the negotiations -- "they're all different" -- but was clearly glad to get the deal done. The term, which runs through the prime of the 26-year-old's career, was very important, he said.

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