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Penguins Re-Sign Jared McCann To 2-Yr Extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jared McCann to a two-year contract.

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As per an official announcement from the organization, the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jared McCann to a two-year contract. The deal runs through the 2021.22 campaign and carries an average annual value of $2.94 million.

McCann, 24, just completed a career year for the Penguins and while the deal isn’t a long-term extension and it’s one that will keep him an RFA at the end of the term, it is a demonstration by the Penguins that they are committed to keeping McCann and having him grow with the team, potentially moving up in their forward ranks as older, more veteran players move on.

A 2014 first-round pick, McCann made stops with the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers, both places where he fell a bit short of expectations. But, since joining the Penguins in 2019, he’s recorded 52 points in 98 games. 35 of this points came this season in a shortened campaign. In short, McCann is solid middle six center with some strong defensive impacts.

The Penguins Third Line Center?

There was some talk that perhaps the Penguins might move on from McCann, with speculation they weren’t sure if he was the right third-line center for them. That appears to be false speculation. His underlying numbers did reflect that, perhaps, he was getting a bit lucky with his shooting percentages.

Still, the Penguins must believe he’s the right fit and are hoping his numbers only improve moving forward.

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