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Penguins Sign Jeff Carter to 2-Year Extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed 37-year-old forward Jeff Carter to a two-year extension. He was a pending UFA this summer.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Jeff Carter to a two-year extension. The forward has been a good fit with the Penguins since coming over in a trade and the organization would like to keep the veteran around. The deal is worth $3.125 million per season and his new contract includes a full no-move clause in both years. He would have been a UFA after this season so the contract ensures he won’t be leaving in the summer.

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The epitome of career consistency, Carter has reached the 10-goal plateau in all 17 seasons that he’s played in the NHL. Despite his age, his ability to continue to produce helps limit some of the risk for the Penguins that Carter’s production will decline rapidly as he gets older (he’s currently 37 years old). If there’s a concern, it’s that he takes a lot of penalties and has stepped back in terms of production after a hot start with the hockey club. Like anyone who scores a lot, he’s prone to being streaky.

Penguins general manager Ron Hextall released a statement on the signing:

“Jeff’s experience and versatility have made him a valuable addition to our team. 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.”

This season, Carter ranks third on the Penguins with 12 goals and 26 points in 36 games. In 50 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, Carter registered 21 goals, 16 assists, and 37 points.

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