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.
â€” Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 2, 2013
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.