Once the new year arrived, the Penguins could officially begin work on a long term contract extension with defenseman Marcus Pettersson, and although it did not come together right away, Pettersson’s future with the Penguins never seemed in doubt.

Less than six months after agreeing to a one-year deal with the then restricted free agent blueliner for the 2019-20 season, the Penguins announced they have agreed with a five-year contract extension with Pettersson that will keep him in black and gold through the 2024-25 season.

Pettersson’s new contract will take effect beginning next season and will carry an average annual value of just over $4 million per year.

From a team release:

“In just over a year, Marcus has had a significant impact on our defensive group,” said Rutherford. “He is young, reliable and smart, which is important in today’s game. Marcus is part of our young core and it was important to get him signed long-term.”