Penguins lock up Dumoulin for 6 more years

Deadlines almost always lead to settlements and that has played out between the Penguins and defenseman Brian Dumoulin ahead of today’s arbitration hearing.


Dumoulin and the Penguins have agreed to a new six year contract worth $24.6 million.

The deal begins for the 2017-18 season and runs through the 2022-23 season, and has an average annual value of $4.1 million.

The Penguins now have five of their top six defenseman under contract for at least the next three seasons:

Brian Dumoulin – 6 seasons
Ollie Maatta – 5 seasons
Kris Letang – 6 seasons
Justin Schultz – 3 seasons
Matt Hunwick – 3 seasons

Ian Cole is under contract for just one more season.

The Penguins always had this type of framework in mind when opening negotiations with Dumoulin last month but it took some time for the Dumoulin camp to move into the Penguins direction which happened over the weekend as the arbitration hearing inches closed and Pittsburgh had leverage if the two sides would have went through with the hearing. [/hide]