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D Letang, Penguins agree on 8-year extension, as Pittsburgh keeps another star happy long term

Tuesday, 07.02.2013 / 6:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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D Letang, Penguins agree on 8-year extension, as Pittsburgh keeps another star happy long term

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially agreed to an eight-year contract extension with defenceman Kris Letang.

The $58-million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through 2021-22.

The contract averages $7.25 million per season.

A nominee for the NHL's Norris Trophy this season, Letang led all NHL defenceman in assists (33) and was tied for the lead in points (38).

The six-foot, 201-pound Montreal native established career highs during the post-season with three goals and 13 assists.

In 385 career games, the 26-year-old Letang has 44 goals and 165 assists.

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