Pens give Crosby 12-year extension

Posted: June 29, 2012

The Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby have agreed to a 12-year contract extension Thursday that leaves little doubt Crosby has overcome the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons.

The deal keeps the 24-year-old Crosby in Pittsburgh through 2025 and gives the team some room to play in the free-agent market. Crosby, whose previous deal was set to expire next summer, will be paid around $8.7 million a season. He will officially sign the extension Sunday.

The 2009 MVP was limited to just 28 games in the last 18 months after sustaining a concussion in the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals in January 2011. Crosby finished with eight goals and 29 assists last season and added three goals in a first-round playoff loss to the Flyers.

Quick signs extension

Goalie Jonathan Quick has agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP led Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup championship earlier this month. He will be under contract through the 2022-23 season.

Quick just finished a career-making year. He was among the NHL leaders in many goaltending categories and made his first all-star team while setting the franchise's single-season records for shutouts, save percentage, and goals-against average. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

Quick was even better in the postseason, winning 16 of the Kings' 20 games with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage and three shutouts.

Boucher injured

Carolina Hurricanes backup goalie Brian Boucher is expected to miss four to six months with an unspecified shoulder injury.

General manager Jim Rutherford said that Boucher was injured within the past week and was scheduled to have surgery. He did not say which shoulder was injured.

The 35-year-old former Flyer is entering the second year of a two-year, $1.9 million contract he signed last summer to back up Cam Ward.

A groin injury suffered midway through last season cost Boucher 43 games and limited him to just eight starts and 10 total appearances. He finished 1-7 with a 3.41 goals-against average.

- Associated Press

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