The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman John Marino to a six-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal begins with the 2021-22 season and runs through the 2026-27 campaign, carrying an average annual value of $4.4 million. Marino has one year remaining on his entry-level deal.
"We are very fortunate to have a young, skilled defenseman like John in our organization," Rutherford said. "His rookie season proved he is a top-four defenseman with great hockey sense. We were impressed with his strong defensive play and look forward to watching him develop offensively."
Marino, 23, is coming off of a breakout rookie season where he suited up for 56 games, finishing with six goals, 20 assists, 26 points and a team-best (tied) plus-17 despite missing 11 games with facial bone fractures. His goal (6), assist (20), and point (26) totals all ranked second among team defensemen, while his 26 points were fourth-best among all rookie defensemen, trailing only Quinn Hughes, Adam Fox, and Calder Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year) recipient Cale Makar.
The 6-foot-1, 181-pound blueliner historically had one of the best seasons by a rookie defenseman in team history during the 2019-20 campaign. He is one of just seven rookie defensemen in Penguins' history to record 20 assists and 26 points, and the six-game point streak (1G-6A) he strung together from Nov. 16-27, 2019 is tied for the second-longest point streak in franchise history by a first-year defenseman.
Marino, a native of North Easton, Massachusetts, made his postseason debut with Pittsburgh during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, appearing in four games in the Penguins' series against the Montreal Canadiens, where he registered one assist.
The Penguins acquired Marino from Edmonton in exchange for a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft pick on July 26, 2019. He was originally drafted by the Oilers in the sixth round (154th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft, and enjoyed a standout collegiate career with Harvard University of the ECAC Conference from 2016-19, tallying seven goals, 35 assists and 42 points in 101 career games.