Pittsburgh Penguins agree to 4-year terms with Evgeni Malkin, $ 24.4 million deal before NHL free agency

Evgeny Malkin has agreed to an extension of his four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on the eve of the NHL Free Agency, ending a week of turmoil between Star Center and the team.

Malkin, 35, will earn $ 24.4 million over four years for an average annual value of $ 6.1 million.

Penguin general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement on Tuesday night that “Evgeny is a genius of a generation that will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NHL history.” “His hockey resume and personal performances speak volumes about him as a player and we were delighted to see him continue his remarkable legacy in Pittsburgh.”

Malkin has spent all 16 years of her career with the Penguins. Along with center Sydney Crosby and defender Chris Letang, he was a key player who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup three times. Malkin won the Heart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 2011-12 and the Con Smith Trophy as the Playoff MVP in 2009. He has 1,146 points in 981 games, including Pittsburgh.

Malkin had 20 goals and 22 assists in 41 games for the Penguins last season, followed by six points in seven playoff games.

Hextall indicated in last week’s NHL draft in Montreal that the Penguins wanted to bring back Malkin, an unrestricted free agent, and that they were “cheating” on the new contract.

But when the Penguins signed a six-year new contract with fellow veteran free agent Letang, they could not find common ground with the owner on the new contract. His opposition became more and more public. There were several reports detailing Malkin’s emotional frustration with the team during the negotiations, while Penguin insisted on reports that he had refused to add a fourth year to Malkin’s contract offer.

An NHL source told ESPN on Monday that Malkin is heading to the Unrestricted Free Agent Market, which opens Wednesday afternoon at ET. There were speculations by the NHL about where the star would end up – who thought it would be a rival to Washington Capitals to join friend Alex Ovechkin. But when Penguin team president Brian Burke confirmed that Malkin is going to the market, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Pittsburgh Star Center is likely to be brought back to a new contract.

“The window is still open. But the timing is problematic,” Burke said. “Once the free agency opens, we are committed to what we need to do to improve our hockey club. So the timing may not work. But of course, there is no response from us, ‘Oh, we don’t want Evgeny back.’ Or, ‘This is terrible. What is he thinking? ‘ None of this. “

In the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft (2nd overall) Mistress was drafted by Pittsburgh. The deal will also allow him to end his career with them.

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