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Penguins sign breakout rookie John Marino to 6 year, $26.4M US extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenceman John Marino to a six-year, $26.4 million US contract extension on Sunday. 

Marino, 23, is coming off a breakout rookie season, putting up 26 points (six goal, 20 assists) in 56 games – fourth best among rookie defenceman last season. 

“We are very fortunate to have a young, skilled defenceman like John in our organization,” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. 

“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.”

Marino’s deal, which caries an average annual value of $4.4 million, will begin in the 2021-22 season, after he plays out the remained of his entry-year contract. 

The deal caps a meteoric rise for the 6-foot-1, 181-pound blueliner who was acquired from the 
Edmonton Oilers in July 2019 in exchange for a sixth-round pick

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