06-28-2012, 11:50 AM
The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce on Sunday that captain Sidney Crosby has signed a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension.

Crosby, 24, is entering the final season of a five-year, $43.5 million US contract extension signed in 2007. For each of the first four seasons of the last extension, Crosby was paid $9 million, and $7.5 million in 2012-2013.

Crosby, who has already won the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies and the Stanley Cup before his 25th birthday, missed the second half of the 2010-11 season and most of 2011-12 because of a concussion and neck injury.

The 24-year-old superstar played just 22 regular-season games last season. He was hurt in January 2011 and missed the remainder of the 2010-11 season before returning last November, then played eight games before a recurrence of symptoms forced him out again until March 15.

Crosby posted eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in his 22 games during the regular season, then added three goals and five assists in six playoff games as the Pens were ousted by Philadelphia in the first round.

In 434 career regular-season games, Crosby has 223 goals and 609 points. In 2006-07, at just 19 years of age, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as the league's regular-season MVP. He helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2009.


06-28-2012, 01:15 PM
I was at the gym when I saw it break across the screen on Sportscenter. I'm very happy to see that Sid will retire a Pen and will continue to lead this team. I wore my Sid shirt today to support this. Now if they could lock up Malkin long term.

06-28-2012, 05:22 PM
Risky, risky deal. But definitely well-earned and deserved. The Pens had no choice, really - he is the face of the franchise, and couldn't afford to not sign him. Now we'll get to see what Malkin does and what kind of contract he gets.