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Pens resign Ruhwedel for 2 years

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding on to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.

The Penguins re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year deal on Thursday that carries an average value of $700,000 a season.

The 29-year-old Ruhwedel played in 18 games for the Penguins in 2018-19, scoring one goal and one assist while averaging 16:17 of ice time. He struggled to find a niche with the Penguins last season. At one point he went more than two months without playing as a healthy scratch, but played well in February following injuries to teammate Kris Letang among others.

General manager Jim Rutherford praised Ruhwedel’s work ethic, saying that Ruhwedel “exemplified what it means to be a team player.”

Ruhwedel, who broke into the NHL with Buffalo in 2013, won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2017. He has five goals and 14 assists in 129 career regular-season games.

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n Boston Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand returned without missing a shift after appearing to hurt his left hand Thursday night when the team held an intrasquad scrimmage to tune up for the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins will have 10 days off between their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals and the best-of-seven series against the St. Louis Blues, which begins Monday night in Boston. To stay sharp, the team scheduled a public scrimmage. Tickets were $20 and sold out the 17,565-seat TD Garden, with the proceeds going to the Boston Bruins Foundation.

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