2020-21 Season in Review: Marcus Pettersson

It’s believed Pettersson got this deal in part to “make him whole” after he accepted a contract carrying a $874,125 cap hit for 2019-20 to help solve the Pens’ salary cap squeeze of that season. Add the two contracts up and it comes to an even $21,000,000 over six years ($3.5m per from 2019-25). In other words, Pittsburgh is in essence incurring a $525k cap “penalty” (since he counts $4.025m against the cap instead of $3.5m) from 2020-25 in exchange for saving ~$2.25ish million back in 2019-20.