The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Kris Letang on an eight-year, $58 million contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.  The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2021-22 campaign, and has an average annual value of $7.25 million. 

It has been the hockey talk in Pittsburgh for the past month; will Letang sign or be traded? Letang finished his best season this year as a Norris Trophy finalist.  He led all NHL blue liners in both points (t-38) and assists (33) while posting a plus-16 rating and in 35 regular season games. His 1.09 point-per-game average led all defensemen. It was appropriate that he got paid the same as the NHL’s top defenseman; he most certainly earned it. A two-time NHL All-Star (‘11 and ’12), Letang has proven to be one of the highest-scoring blue liners in the NHL over the past three years

Letang is a huge piece to the Penguins success, and it is nice to see him stay in the city he enjoys playing in. He fits well into the Penguins style of play and with a few improvements in his game (mainly turning over the puck) he could be formed into the League’s best defenseman. It’s great to see the Penguins are trying to improve their defense after proving that they have the strongest offense in the NHL. 

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