CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Well, that was easy, hardly contentious at all.
On Wednesday, the Penguins announced they re-signed restricted free agent 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 DKPittsburghSports.com 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.