Just one day after the Pittsburgh Penguins signed head coach Dan Bylsma to a new two-year deal, another key member of the franchise has received a deal of his own. Pens center Evgeni Malkin has signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension with the team not long after it was made clear that re-signing him would become a priority.
Malkin’s new deal will keep him with the Penguins through the end of the 2021-22 season.
With the new deal, Malkin will become the second highest paid player in the NHL on a per-year basis just behind Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals based on the cap hit. Yes, that even means that Malkin will be eating up more cap space per year ($9.5 million) than Sidney Crosby ( $8.7 million).
It will be interesting to see how that goes over with Penguins fans.
Pittsburgh had their season come to an embarrassing end against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they appear dedicated to keeping the right puzzles in place and making another run in the 2013-14 season.