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Pittsburgh’s resigning of center Teddy Blueger this week to a 2 year, $4.4 million extension fell right into the ballpark of what a Teddy Blueger extension was projected to be.

“Teddy has proven to be a versatile, two-way center, as well as a fixture on the penalty kill. He’s a valuable player for our team,” said General Manager Ron Hextall of Blueger.”

Pittsburgh bought out a UFA year and known for his defensive metrics, the new regime see’s Blueger as an ascending player where they think the offensive numbers can fall into the range of 15 goals, 35-40 points next season, though, that might be an optimistic view.

Pittsburgh’s top-5 forwards to be protected have been set for a while now, while the final two forwards to protect has been a different story. Sounds like the organization came to an agreement on the sixth forward earlier this month with the seventh forward still being debated as of late last week.

On which direction to go, management has leaned on Mike Sullivan who has been around a lot of these players more than them. Sources say Seattle has left some teams including the Penguins guessing a bit on what direction they’re going but the Penguins went into organizational meetings on Thursday and Friday last week with intel that Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" as Kraken Assistant GM Jason Botterill is a big Teddy Blueger guy.

Is Blueger one of the Penguins best seven forwards?

No he’s not and I’d argue you could always go out and find a Teddy Blueger, type but with Evgeni Malkin potentially sidelined as long as Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"


— Not certain he would be their selection if left unprotected, but the Penguins brass is aware that the Kraken have done a lot of homework on Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

— Rival executives say Pittsburgh leaving Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

— It would be a stunner around the league if Pittsburgh left Tristan Jarry unprotected.

— The Penguins coaching staff have been strong advocates in wanting to see the team resign Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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