Penguins extend Chris Letang’s contract by six years

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Chris Letang isn’t going anywhere.

Pittsburgh Penguins and Letang have agreed to a six-year, $36.6 million contract extension, the team announced. The contract will be valid until the 2027-2028 season.

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Chris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates by defeating the New York Rangers during the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2022 in New York City.

Chris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates by defeating the New York Rangers during the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2022 in New York City.
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The 35-year-old was selected in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Letang made 78 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals, 58 assists and 68 points. Letang plus/minus +20 was the second best result of his career.

Franchise legend is three-time Stanley Cup winner in 2009, 16 and 17. Letang is the best defenseman to ever wear a Penguins jersey as he holds the team’s all-time records for games played (941), goals (144), assists (506), and points (650). Letang also holds the franchise record for most playoff games played (149), playoff goals (23), playoff assists (67), and playoff points (90).

Letang scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. San Jose. The only two players to have played more games with the Penguins are teammates Sidney Crosby (1,108) and future free agent Evgeni Malkin (981).

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Penguins Chris Letang and Sidney Crosby talk during a playoff game against the New York Rangers on May 9, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Penguins Chris Letang and Sidney Crosby talk during a playoff game against the New York Rangers on May 9, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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“Chris epitomizes what it means to be a Pittsburgh penguin,” said general manager Ron Hextall. “The role he plays on our team is indispensable, he is a leader in our locker room and has made countless contributions to the organization over the past 15+ years, including three Stanley Cup championships. We are very excited to make him the Penguin of a lifetime.”

The Penguins have been active this offseason, signing backup goaltender Casey DeSmith to a two-year contract, Brian Rust to a six-year contract, Raivis Ansons to a three-year contract, and Taylor Fedun to a two-year contract. .

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Chris Letang and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a second-period goal against the New York Rangers during the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2022.

Chris Letang and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a second-period goal against the New York Rangers during the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2022.
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A little known free agents from the 2021–2022 team that has not yet been renewed or signed by the team: Malkin, on-time acquisition of Rickard Rakell and Kasperi Kapanaen.

Ryan Canfield of Fox News contributed to this report.