Penguins decide to extend contract for Rust

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign.

The deal, announced on Tuesday, carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.

The 26-year-old Rust set career highs in both assists (25) and points (38) while playing in 69 games for the Penguins this season and added three goals in 12 playoff games.

Rust was a pivotal member of the Penguins as they won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

He has 10 goals and one assist in 18 career elimination games and has 21 points in 58 career playoff games for Pittsburgh. Four of his 16 career playoff goals have been game winners.

Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million.

Miller will count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. General manager Steve Yzerman announced the deal with the pending restricted free agent on Tuesday.

Acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline, Miller put up 18 points in 19 regular-season games with Tampa Bay and then eight more in 17 playoff games. The 25-year-old Miller has 82 goals and 108 assist in 360 NHL games.

Miller’s contract puts cap-strapped Tampa Bay closer to the $79.5 million ceiling, with new contracts still needed for restricted free agent defenseman Slater Koekkoek and forward Cedric Paquette.

The Lightning are one of a handful of teams set to meet with New York Islanders star John Tavares in Los Angeles to try to persuade the pending free agent to join them.

Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Victor Antipin won’t be back in Buffalo after general manager Jason Botterill says the Sabres won’t issue the Russian-born defenseman a qualifying offer.

The decision means Antipin will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 25-year-old Antipin was inconsistent in his lone season with Buffalo after opening his pro career playing in the Kontintental Hockey League.

He had 10 assists in 47 games last season. Antipin also became the odd-man out on a Sabres team restocking the blue line.

Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday.

Detroit re-signed Bertuzzi with a $2.8 million, two-year deal and Frk with a $1.05 million, one-year contract.

The 23-year-old Bertuzzi had 24 points in 48 games last season in Detroit. He is a nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi. The 24-year-old Frk had 25 points in 68 games with the Red Wings.

San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have declined to issue a qualifying offer to defenseman Dylan DeMelo, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Sharks announced Monday that the team gave qualifying offers to forwards Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney. Those two will become restricted free agents in July, giving San Jose the option to match any offer from another team or get draft pick compensation.

The 25-year-old DeMelo played 63 games last season on San Jose’s third defensive pairing. He had no goals and 20 assists.

Hertl was one of San Jose’s top forwards last year with 22 goals and 24 assists. He added six goals and three assists in 10 playoff games and is in line for a long-term deal.

Tierney had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists last season.

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