Penguins sign Evgeni Malkin to eight-year, $76M extension

  • Arun Morace
Evgeni Malkin will be staying with the Pittsburgh Penguins after signing an eight-year extension. Photo Credit: Michael Miller

Evgeni Malkin will be staying with the Pittsburgh Penguins after signing an eight-year extension. Photo Credit: Michael Miller

For the next nine years, the other 29 teams in the NHL are going to have to deal with Pittsburgh’s two-headed monster of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The latter signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Penguins today, a deal that will kick in after the 2014-15 season. Pittsburgh also has Crosby signed for the next 11 years, thanks to a 12-year deal he signed last summer.

Malkin was the No. 2 overall pick in 2004, after fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin went No. 1 overall to the Washington Capitals. To say the least, Malkin has provided an incredible return on the Penguins’ investment in him. Right out of the gate, he won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 2007, a season in which he scored 33 goals and notched 85 points.

He was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP during Pittsburgh’s Cup win in 2009, racking up 14 goals and 36 total points. In 2012, he won the Hart Trophy as league MVP after notching 50 goals and 109 total points during the season. His 109 points were a league-best, giving him his second Art Ross Trophy (first came in 2009, when he led the NHL with 113 points). Overall, he’s had three 100+ point seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12) and has 217 goals and 560 total points for his career. He’s been named to three NHL All-Star First Teams (2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12), and has been a huge reason the Penguins have competed for the Stanley Cup for the better part of the last decade.

And for the foreseeable future, he’s not going anywhere.

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