Penguins re-sign defenceman Juuso Riikola to one-year, one-way deal

Pittsburgh Penguins' Juuso Riikola defends against the Vancouver Canucks. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are bringing back defender Juuso Riikola on a one-year, one-way contract, the club announced Thursday.

Riikola’s new deal will pay him $850,000 in 2019-20 — the 25-year-old’s 2018-19 one-year deal carried a cap hit of $925,000.

In 37 games at the NHL level this season, Riikola skated an average of 16:41 per night on the Penguins’ blue line, posting five points in that span. He suited up for five games in AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as well.

Prior to the 2018-19 campaign, the Joensuu, Finland native spent six seasons with the Finnish team KalPa Kuopio.

May 30, 2019

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Juuso Riikola
Defence
AGE: 25
LENGTH:
1 Year
CONTRACT TYPE:
Re-signing
SALARY CAP HIT:
$850,000
TOTAL:
$850,000

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