Pittsburgh extends Kris Letang for four years

According to TSN, the Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up defenseman Kris Letang, signing him to a 4-year contract extension worth $3.5 million per season.

Letang, only 22 from Montreal, has played 3 years in Pittsburgh, amassing 21 goals and 58 assists with a -8 rating in 211 games. This season, his 21:30 minutes of ice time per game ranks 3rd among defenseman, behind only Sergei Gonchar and deadline acquisition Jordan Leopold.

The deal is good for both Letang and Pittsburgh, which locks up another piece to the puzzle going into the future. If they can get Gonchar signed at a reasonable price, a core of Gonchar, Letang, Orpik and Goligoski on the blueline spells good things for the Penguins.