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Letang, Dupuis Staying With Pens

By: Casey Shea
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(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis for the foreseeable future.

According to the Penguins’ website, Kris Letang has signed an eight-year, $58 million extension that will run through the 2021-22 season. The salary cap hit per season for Letang will be $7.25 million.

Letang is coming off a season where he was tied for the league lead in points (38) with Montreal’s P.K. Subban. Letang was also a finalist for the Norris Trophy, which was won by Subban.

The extension will kick in for the 2014-15 season as Letang still has one year remaining on his current deal, which will pay him $3.5 million.

During the playoffs, Letang came under fire for a poor performance in the Eastern Conference Finals. That led to speculation that the team might explore trade options during the NHL Draft over the weekend. However, there were several reports on Sunday that indicated Letang and the Penguins were nearing a deal.

As for Dupuis, the 34-year-old winger will remain in Pittsburgh for another four years. The Penguins announced the deal last Tuesday night.

Dupuis’ annual salary cap hit will be $3.75 million that will run through the 2016-17 season.

Dupuis quickly became a fan favorite since his arrival in town as part of the Marian Hossa trade in 2008.

This past season, Dupuis racked up 20 goals and 38 points while playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. The 38 points were third on the team behind his two linemates.

In addition, his plus-31 rating led the entire league.

In the playoffs, Dupuis had seven goals and four assists in 15 games.

Now, the Penguins still have other decisions to make as Craig Adams and Matt Cooke are also slated to become unrestricted free agents on Friday.

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