John Marino signed a six-year, $26.4 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday beginning with the 2021-22 season. It has an average annual value of $4.4 million.
The 23-year-old defenseman would have been a restricted free agent after this season. He scored 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 56 games of his rookie season in 2019-20, second among Penguins defensemen behind Kris Letang (44 points; 15 goals, 29 assists) and fourth in the NHL in rookie scoring at the position.
Marino is in second season of two-year, $1.85 million contract he signed Aug. 8, 2019. He was plus-17, tied with Brian Dumoulin for best among Pittsburgh skaters.
“We are very fortunate to have a young, skilled defenseman like John in our organization,” general manager Jim 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. ”
Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round (No. 154) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Marino was traded to the Penguins on July 26, 2019 for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. He had one assist in Pittsburgh’s four-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season.