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Evgeni Malkin Will be a Penguin Until 2022

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Malkin exends his contract with Pittsburgh 8 years and will remain a vital part of their offense.

Evgeni Malkin Will be a Penguin Until 2022

For the past two years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been looking a decade into their future.

Last summer, Sidney Crosby signed a 12-year contract extension with the Penguins. On June 12, Dan Bylsma extended his contract with Pittsburgh for another two years. A day later, Evgeni Malkin signed an 8-year contract extension that will begin at the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season.

With all of these contract agreements, Pittsburgh has successfully secured itself two of the best forwards in the world.

Malkin was named the 2012 league MVP, ending his year with a total of 109 points. With Crosby suffering reoccurring concussion-like symptoms, Malkin still managed to shine without the talented Crosby by his side.

This year was different. Not only did Malkin have to face nagging injuries, but the shortened 48-game season also didn't help his overall points tally. He managed 33 points in 31 games.

In the first two series in the playoffs, however he ended with 4 goals and 13 assists, a recovery from his dismal regular season stats. In the Bruins sweep of the Penguins, however, both Malkin and Crosby remained scoreless, a big reason why Boston had its way with Pittsburgh. 

But the future will remain bright for the Penguins. The general manager and coaches know that the franchise will remain successful as long as the two offensive powerhouses stay together.

In an ESPN interview, Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero explained the overall decision to extend both players' contracts.

"When you have two world-class players like this you do everything you can to keep them," he said.

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