The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Kris Letang on an eight-year, $58-million contract extension, and have re-signed forward Pascal Dupuis for four years at an average annual value of $3.75 million.
Letang’s new deal begins with the 2014-2015 season, will keep Letang signed through 2021-2022, and has an average annual value of 7-and-a-quarter million dollars. Dupuis’ pact runs through the 2016-2017 season.
The 26 year-old Letang finished third in this year’s balloting for the Norris Trophy, given to the played voted best NHL defenseman. He led all defenseman in the league in points with 38, assists (13), points-per-game average (1.09), and postseason points (16). Letang’s postseason total of 13 assists was second best, and he posted a regular season rating of plus-16.
Dupuis, 34, finished third on the Pirates in goals (20) and tied for third in points (38). He led the NHL with a plus-31 rating, becoming the first Penguins player to lead the league in rating since Ron Francis in 1994-95. He led his team with 140 points.