A new contract for a bunch of players was unveiled Friday, including forwards Evgeni Malkin and Daniel Alfredsson, defensemen John Carlson and Ryan Suter and forwards Jonathan Toews and Dustin Byfuglien.
Malkin signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Alfredsson signed a four-year contract worth $63 million.
The deals are the largest NHL contracts ever signed by a single player.
The contracts are worth $1 million per season and $5 million per year for players 25 and younger, respectively.
Crosby, by comparison, signed a six-year deal worth $71 million, with $17 million per-year for players 26 and younger.
Crosby and Alfredsson will make $13.5 and $15 million per seasons, respectively, for their five-plus seasons with the Penguins.
They also are the first Penguins to be signed with multiple five- and six-plus-year contracts.
The Penguins have had to rely heavily on free agents in recent years, especially with Crosby and Crosby’s contract.
But they’ve managed to add more than enough players in recent seasons to make it worthwhile for management to go all in on a new contract.
“We’re very proud of what we did with our players, and what they have achieved this season,” said Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford.
“This is an outstanding team that has had the best run in the league in the last four years.
We’re extremely pleased to see them get to the Stanley Cup Final, which they’ve achieved this year.”
The contract is also a huge boost for the Penguins, who have been without Crosby and Sidney Crosby for the last few years.
Crosby has missed the last seven seasons with injuries, while Sidney Crosby has not missed a single game since the 2009-10 season, when he had a knee injury.
They were both traded to the New York Rangers last year.
Crosby returned for the Stanley Cups in 2011-12 and 2013-14, but he has missed two of the last three Stanley Cup Finals.
Crosby is also entering the final year of his contract.
The 26-year-old Crosby, who signed a one-year extension in April, is entering his third season in the NHL.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions had a salary cap of $70 million for the season.
Pittsburgh had the fifth-lowest payroll in the League last season at $49 million.
They had the sixth-lowliest payroll in 2015-16, according to CapFriendly.com.
They have spent $1 billion in salary cap space for the first time since 2012-13.
They will now have $3.6 billion in cap space this season, up from $3 billion in 2016-17.
Crosby was named to the NHL All-Rookie First Team last season and he was named the league’s MVP.
He was also the second-leading scorer for the Eastern Conference in 2015.
The Penguins have one of the NHL’s most stable frontcourts, with top center Sidney Crosby, defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeny Kuznetsov all playing at least 10 NHL games each.
They are one of only three teams in the top six in goals for and goals against per game, and the only two teams to win at least one playoff series.
They led the NHL with a plus-15 goal differential last season.
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