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Riikola signs one-year contract with Penguins

Defenseman gets $850,000, could have been RFA on July 1 @NHLdotcom

Juuso Riikola signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The 25-year-old defenseman had five points (two goals, three assists) in 37 games during his rookie season with the Penguins last season, and could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

The Penguins were 22-10-5 with him in the lineup.

"Juuso has adjusted to the North American style of hockey seamlessly," Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin said. "He's a very confident guy, and he's also a great skater that moves the puck really well. We expect him to make an even bigger impact this year."

Riikola, who had two assists in five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League last season, had 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with KalPa in Liiga, Finland's top professional league in 2017-18.

Undrafted, Riikola signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh on May 18, 2018.

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