PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Penguins have decided to keep a veteran defenseman around for two more seasons.

The team announced the re-signing of Chad Ruhwedel Thursday afternoon.

“The Penguins have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract. The deal runs through the 2020.21 season and has an average annual value of $700,000.”

“The @penguins have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.
Take a look at his first career game-winning goal from last season.”

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was happy to have Ruhwedel back to solidify the bottom pairings on the blue line.

“Chad has exemplified what it means to be a team player the past two years,” Rutherford said. “His work ethic and conditioning have allowed him to jump into the lineup at a moment’s notice, which is vital to a team’s success.”

Ruhwedel was sparingly used last season with a plethora of options on defense early in the season. Once injuries became a factor and he was inserted into the lineup, Ruhwedel got hurt as well, and missed the rest of the season.