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Penguins Sign Forward Matt Cooke To A Three-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Matt Cooke to a three-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2010-11 season and will run through 2012-13. The average annual value of the deal is $1.8 million over the term of the contract.

Cooke, 31, has played the last two seasons with the Penguins. In that span, the gritty forward has compiled 28 goals, 33 assists, 61 points, a plus-17 rating and 207 penalty minutes in 155 games, as well as a Stanley Cup championship.

Cooke (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) tied a career high with 15 goals and recorded 30 points for the fifth time in his career in 2009-10. Cooke, who is also a key contributor to the Penguins’ penalty killing units, finished second on the team with a plus-17 rating and fourth with 183 hits. He added six points (4G-2A) in 13 postseason games.

Cooke joined Pittsburgh after signing as an unrestricted free agent July 5, 2008. In his first campaign with Pittsburgh in 2008-09, the Belleville, Ontario native posted 13 goals, 31 points and 101 penalty minutes in 76 games. He chipped in seven points (1G-6A) in the playoffs and played a key defensive role against the opposing teams’ top line to help the Penguins win their third Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

Cooke, who broke into the league with Vancouver in 1999-2000, has totaled 114 goals, 271 points, 859 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in his 11-year career with stints in Vancouver, Washington and Pittsburgh.
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