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11:32 PM ET Evgeni Malkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh...

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Evgeni Malkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on the eve of NHL free company, ending a tumultuous week between the star heart and the staff.

Malkin, 35, will earn $24.Four million over 4 years for a median annual worth of $6.1 million.

“Evgeni is a generational expertise who can be remembered as one of many biggest gamers in NHL historical past,” Penguins basic supervisor Ron Hextall mentioned Tuesday night time in a press release. “His hockey resume and particular person accomplishments converse volumes about him as a participant, and we’re thrilled to look at him proceed his exceptional legacy in Pittsburgh.”

Malkin has spent all 16 years of his profession with the Penguins. Together with heart Sidney Crosby and defenseman Kris Letang, he was a core participant who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup 3 times. Malkin received the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 2011-12 and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2009. He has 1,146 factors in 981 video games with Pittsburgh.

Malkin had 20 targets and 22 assists in 41 video games for the Penguins this previous season, after which six factors in seven playoff video games.

Hextall indicated finally week’s NHL draft in Montreal that the Penguins needed to deliver again Malkin, who was an unrestricted free agent, and that they had been “chipping away” at a brand new contract.

However whereas the Penguins signed fellow veteran free agent Letang to a brand new six-year contract final week, they had been unable to search out frequent floor with Malkin on a brand new deal. Their stalemate grew to become more and more public. There have been a number of stories detailing Malkin’s frustration with the staff through the negotiation, whereas the Penguins pushed again on stories that they refused so as to add a fourth yr onto Malkin’s contract supply.

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An NHL supply advised ESPN on Monday that Malkin was headed to the unrestricted free agent market, which opens at midday ET on Wednesday. Hypothesis ran by the NHL about the place the star may find yourself — together with some who felt he may soar to the rival Washington Capitals to hitch good friend Alex Ovechkin. However whereas Penguins staff president Brian Burke confirmed Malkin was headed to market, he advised the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation that there was nonetheless an opportunity Pittsburgh may deliver the star heart again on a brand new deal.

“The window continues to be open. However the timing is problematic,” Burke mentioned. “As soon as free company opens, we have now to decide to what we have to do to enhance our hockey membership. So the timing might not work. However actually, there is no response on our half that, ‘Oh, we do not need Evgeni again.’ Or, ‘That is horrible. What’s he pondering?’ None of that.”

Malkin was initially drafted by Pittsburgh within the first spherical (second general) within the 2004 NHL draft. With this contract, it is now attainable he’ll finish his profession with them, too.