Crosby signs 5-year, $45 million extension
Vail, CO Colorado
PITTSBURGH ” Sidney Crosby signed a five-year contract extension worth about $45 million that will keep the NHL MVP with the Pittsburgh Penguins through the 2012-13 season.
The three-year contract Crosby signed as a rookie lasts through the coming season. The extension keeps him under contract for the next six seasons.
Crosby, who turns 20 next month, won the Hart Trophy last month to become the league’s youngest MVP since Wayne Gretzky.
The Penguins made Crosby the youngest captain in league history after last season, when he led the NHL with 120 points (36 goals, 84 assists). He helped the Penguins win 47 games after they won only 22 the season before.
The Penguins’ 47-point improvement was the fourth best in NHL history. They were eliminated in five games by eventual Eastern Conference champion Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs.