Penguins keep Justin Schultz

Justin Schultz will remain with the Penguins for another year. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford announced they have agreed to a one year contract worth $1.4 million with defenseman Justin Schultz on Wednesday.

Schultz was brought to the Penguins in February from Edmonton. Pittsburgh sent a 2016 third round draft pick to the Oilers in the trade.

The Schultz trade was among many additions by Rutherford en route to the 4th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Schultz, 26, played three years in Edmonton before being traded. He totaled 28 goals, 73 assists for 248 points in 248 games. He appeared in 15 games throughout the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Penguins, accounting for 4 assists and -1 rating.

Resigning Schultz comes at somewhat of a surprise. Most felt Schultz, due to his age and position, could get more as a free agent on the NHL’s open market. Schultz actually agreed to a $3.9 million one year deal with the Oilers around this time last July.

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