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Blueger gets two years at $750,000 cap hit


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Teddy Blueger -- Matt Sunday / DKPS

The Penguins have signed forward Teddy Blueger to a two-year contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $750,000.

It is a one-way deal, which means Blueger will earn the same salary, regardless of whether he is with the Penguins or in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Blueger is 24 and had six goals and four assists in 28 appearances with the Penguins in 2018-19. Before being summoned to the NHL, Blueger had 21 goals and 18 assists in 45 games with the Baby Penguins.

"Teddy is a perfect role model for younger players coming into the league," Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin said, in a statement released by the team. "When you watch a guy with his work ethic, determination and ability to trust the process of going through the proper steps to get to the NHL, you have a great example for younger players. Teddy came to us with great expectations and he's worked hard to meet each one. He has great hockey sense, he loves to compete and he's a true professional."

Blueger was the Penguins' second-round draft choice in 2012 and played four years at Minnesota State before turning pro.

Blueger, who has been used at center and on the wing, is currently playing in Da Beauty League in Minnesota, as are teammates Jake Guentzel and Nick Bjugstad.

With Blueger under contract, defenseman Marcus Pettersson and forward Zach Aston-Reese are the Penguins' only restricted free agents who still need contracts. Aston-Reese has filed for salary arbitration, although a deal could be negotiated before his July 22 hearing.

General manager Jim Rutherford is expected to make at least one trade this summer to keep the Penguins in compliance with the NHL's salary-cap ceiling, which they will exceed once contracts for Pettersson and Aston-Reese are factored in. Teams are allowed to go as much as 10 percent over the cap during the offseason.

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