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Pens sign Crosby to 12-year extension

A 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension will keep Sidney Crosby in a Penguins’ sweater for the rest of his career.

While details on the deal were released Thursday, Crosby, who has amassed 223 goals, 609 points, an Art Ross Trophy, a league MVP and a Stanley Cup, among other honors, during his seven years in Pittsburgh, will sign the contract on Sunday. 

”We talked about the longer term (contract) and felt that was better for both the player and the team,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. “I said that a few months ago that our goal this summer was to try to sign Sidney Crosby, to make him a member of the Penguins for life. “

Shero appears to have achieved that goal, and with a contract that averages out to about $8.7 million a season, he managed to secure Crosby’s future in Pittsburgh without jeopardizing the viability of the franchise.

“We certainly appreciate it,” Shero said of Crosby’s choice to not take a raise over his current contract, which expires at the end of next season. “It’s very beneficial. It says a lot about Crosby.”

The long-term deal, which is not insurable, also says a lot about Crosby’s health. After missing the majority of the past two seasons because of problems with concussions, Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson assures that his client is in better shape than he has been in awhile.

Shero echoed Brisson’s sentiment.

“The way he came back and finished up for us…he obviously did very well on a points-per-game basis,” Shero said. “Playing at that level despite not having training camp, not really being able to get into a routine that he needs to be in…this is an important summer for him. We feel confident with where he is and how he finished up for us. We believe the best days are going to be ahead.”  

Crosby, 24, will play the 2012-13 season under the terms of his current contract. The extension will kick in at the start of the 2013-14 season.

While Crosby’s extension automatically fuels questions about what the Penguins can now do in terms of signing free agents and re-signing their core players, Shero noted that the lack of a new CBA still makes things somewhat uncertain when it comes to the Penguins other stars.

“When the time comes…we’re going to try to make Geno happy as well and keep him a Penguin for a long time,” Shero said. “That will be our mindset when we have the new CBA in place. We’ll see how Kris (Letang) and Marc-Andre Fleury do as well, but the new rules are going to dictate what we can and cannot do.”

For now, though, Shero accomplished what he said was his number one goal of the summer. It’s a deal that seems to have made the team, the GM and the player happy.

“When we started the discussions Sidney wanted to be a Penguin forever,” Brisson, who described Crosby as “emotionally attached” to the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh, said. “He knows how committed this organization is and it made sense to him to want to explore a long-term deal immediately.”

Crosby led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009 – becoming, at age 21, the youngest captain to hoist the Cup in NHL history. He also has won the Hart Trophy as MVP, the Art Ross Trophy as league scoring champion, the Rocket Richard Trophy as goal-scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player in his seven NHL seasons. In 434 games he has registered 223 goals and 386 assists for 609 points. He has added 90 points in 68 playoff games.
 

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