A contract extension for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Ryan Hall is going well and he will be playing on the same line with Matt Cullen next season, according to general manager Jim Rutherford.
The Penguins announced on Thursday that Hall, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 28-year-old Hall is in the final year of his three-year, $8.5 million contract.
“We are looking for another year and a half with our franchise player,” Rutherford said on a conference call.
“I’m very confident in Ryan and what he brings to the organization.”
Rutherford said Hall has been one of the most productive players in the league in his career.
The NHL’s most productive player in the past three seasons, Hall has collected 1,945 points (118 goals, 1,872 assists) and has been a major contributor for the Penguins in all four of the Stanley Cup finals he has appeared in.
“Ryan’s a guy that can score, that can make plays and create offense,” Rutherford added.
“We’re looking for some consistency from him in terms of how he’s used to playing, and that is what he is.
We feel that is going to come.
He’s a terrific player.
We’re excited about that.”
The Penguins signed Cullen to a three-yr deal in March.
The move will free up $2.25 million in cap space that the Penguins can use to sign another unrestricted free-agent.
The team is still in the process of determining whether it wants to re-sign Hall.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Trophy in 2015.