NHL News: Penguins Extend Marino, and Strome Gets a Bridge Deal From The Blackhawks
The Pittsburgh Penguins sign John Marino to a six-year contract extension. The Chicago Blackhawks sign Dylan Strome to a two-year bridge deal.
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Penguins extend defenseman John Marino

Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins have signed defenseman John Marino to a six-year contract extension with an AAV of $4.4 million. The deal kicks in next season and runs through 2026-27.

“We are very fortunate to have a young, skilled defenseman like John in our organization,” Rutherford said. “His rookie season proved he is a top-four defenseman with great hockey sense. We were impressed with his strong defensive play and look forward to watching him develop offensively.”

Pierre LeBrun: Salary breakdown for Marino.

2021-22: $1,750,000
2022-23: $3,500,000
2023-24: $5,250,000
2024-25: $6,150,000
2025-26: $5,300,000
2026-27: $4,450,000

Cap Friendly: For the final three years of Marino’s deal, he’ll have a modified no-trade clause, an eight-team no-trade list.

Dan Kingerski: “That will be 5 of 6 defensemen signed for multiple years with a $4 million+ AAV. Marino earned it. But that’s a lot of money on the backside with a flat cap for several more years.”

Dan Kingerski: “The Penguins capology is very interesting. Looks like the post-superstar era will be mobile defense and goaltending.”

Strome gets a bridge deal

Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have signed RFA forward Dylan Strome to a two-year deal with a salary cap hit of $3 million.

Cap Friendly: Strome will make 2.4 million this season and $3.6 million next season.

When his contract is up, Strome will be an RFA with arbitration rights.