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Report: Pens Extend Kris Letang Eight More Years

Jun 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) carries the puck under pressure from Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) during the third period in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

After weeks of deliberating, the Pittsburgh Penguins reported via Twitter that they’ve finally agreed to a new deal with defenseman Kris Letang.

Compromising on an eight-year, $58 million contract extension Tuesday, Letang will now be in the Pittsburgh organization for the next nine years.

His deal is set to expire following the 2021-22 season.

Coming off arguably his best year with the Pens, Letang finished the 2012-13 campaign as a finalist for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman).

Leading all NHL d-men in assists (33) and tying for first in points (38), Letang would most likely have scorched those numbers had he not gotten injured/ill (groin).

Scoring an average of 1.09 points-per-game, Letang led all NHL blueliners in said statistic and skated to a plus-16 rating.

Drafted by the Pens in the third-round (62nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, number-58 played his first year with the Pens in 2007 and helped Pittsburgh capture the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Improving his game each and every season, the 6’0″, 201-pound defenseman has transformed into a quarterbacking machine on the power play and endured more ice-time than any Pens player.

Logging a team-high average of 25:38 minutes during the regular-season and skating to 27:37 minutes on the ice in the postseason, Letang is the Pens ultimate workhorse.

And now, he’s on board with the team for a while longer.

Topics: Pittsburgh Penguins

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