Penguins re-sign Jake Guentzel to 5-year, $30M extension

Jake Guentzel is in it for the long haul with Pittsburgh.

The Penguins on Thursday announced they have re-signed the forward to a five-year contract extension worth $30 million.

The deal runs next season through the 2023-24 season.

“Jake established himself as an impact player for our team from the beginning, especially during 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He has become a core player on the team and we are thrilled to get Jake signed long-term with the Penguins.”

Guentzel, 24, has 15 goals and 18 assists through 36 games this season. He led the NHL in the 2017 playoffs with 13 goals, and his 21 total postseason points tied the rookie record. He then added 10 more goals in the 2018 playoffs, becoming only the second player in franchise history to reach double-digit goal scoring during the postseason of his first two seasons.

The Penguins (18-12-6) are slated to host the Red Wings (15-17-6) at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.