Jeff Carter signs Two-Year Extension with Penguins

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Big Jeff Carter is staying in Pittsburgh.

The 37-year old forward signed a two year deal worth $6.25 million, the Penguins announced today. It’ll carry a $3.125 million average annual value.

General Manager Ron Hextall provided some commentary on the move.

"Jeff's experience and versatility have made him a valuable addition to our team,” Hextall said. “In addition to his on-ice contributions, his team-first attitude has made him a leader inside our locker room, and we are happy to have him under contract for two more years."

Carter was acquired prior to last season’s NHL trade deadline and has been one of the Pens’ best players since the deal.

In 50 games with the Penguins, Carter has 21 goals and 37 points. Those 21 goals rank second of the team in that span.  He’s played all throughout the lineup with injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby forcing Carter into a heavier role than anticipated. His best fit is as the Penguins’ third line center.

Any potential “rebuild” pretty much is debunked with this signing. Malkin and Kris Letang are pending UFA’s at season’s end and likely will be retained at all costs to keep this group together.