Chad Ruhwedel signed a one-year, $750,000 contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. It begins with the 2021-22 season.
The 30-year-old defenseman, who could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season, had six points (two goals, four assists) in 41 games this season but did not play in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
“Chad is a reliable, depth defenseman who is a great teammate,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He keeps himself in great shape and is always game-ready, which is important for a player in his role and the success of our team.”
Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on July 1, 2016, Ruhwedel has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 170 regular-season games with the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, and no points in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.