The Pittsburgh Penguins and General Manager Ray Shero announced Thursday that they have awarded star center Evgeni Malkin with an eight-year extension worth $76 million, due to expire following the 2021-22 season.
Malkin will receive an average of $9.5 million for each year.
With head coach Dan Bylsma all wrapped up, Shero’s next focus was then to re-sign Malkin to a long-term extension and he was able to accomplish that using less than $80 million — bravo Ray.
Malkin has been a stud since being drafted by the Pens in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (2nd overall).
Winning the Calder Trophy (NHL’s top rookie) with Pittsburgh in 2007, Malkin racked up 85 points (33G, 52A) in 78 games and has yet to relinquish his dominance.
Helping the Pens capture their third Stanley Cup in 2009, Malkin bagged the Conn Smythe Award (NHL Postseason MVP) in the process, scoring 36 points (14G, 22A) in 24 playoff contests.
Hailing as the NHL’s reigning Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) recipient, Malkin also won the Art Ross Trophy (top scorer) and the Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA most outstanding player) last season, racking up 109 points (50G, 59A) in 75 games.
And although he missed action sporadically this past season due to separate injuries (concussion, shoulder), Malkin still posted 33 points (9G, 24A) in 31 games, good for fifth on the team.
Malkin’s been everything the Pens could’ve asked for, and he’s staying put.