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Penguins sign goalie Fleury for 7 years, $35M

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pittsburgh Penguins signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a seven-year, $35 million dollar contract, the third long-term deal inked with one of their younger players in two days.

The Penguins did not immediately announce the deal, but Fleury's agent Allan Walsh said the team was expected to hold a news conference later in the day.

"He is extremely gratified to be part of the Penguins core going forward," Walsh told The Associated Press on Thursday. "The contract shows a lot of confidence the team is placing in him and Marc is making a statement to all that Pittsburgh is where he wants to be playing."

Fleury was eligible for arbitration and a hearing was scheduled for later in the month, but the Penguins made no secret they considered that a formality as general manager Ray Shero continued to negotiate a long-term deal with the goaltender.

Fleury's signing came a day after the Penguins signed two other players to long term deals. Center Evgeni Malkin signed for an average of $8.7 million over five years and defenseman Brooks Orpik signed a six-year, $22.5 million deal.

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