Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 10/4/14

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 20: Center Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues on October 20, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on June 13 that they have signed star forward Evgeni Malkin to a new multi-year contract. The announcement came just a day after the NHL club confirmed that it had given head coach Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension. Malkin, a 26-year-old center from Russia, will be paid a total of $76 million over eight years when the contract kicks in at the start of the 2015/14 hockey season.    The deal will pay Malkin $9.5 million a year on average, which will make him the highest-paid player on the team, ahead of captain Sidney Crosby. The contract is also the longest the NHL allows under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. Malkin will make $8.7 million in the 2013/14 season since he still has a year t go on his current contract.    Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero said Malkin is a hard-working and caring player who still hasn’t even reached his peak yet. The Penguins now have their top two players locked up with long-term contracts...
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