Evgeni Malkin makes late deal to stay with Pittsburgh Penguins

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May 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) reacts after scoring a power play goal against the New York Islanders during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In the late hours on Tuesday, the eve before heading to unrestricted free agency, Evgeni Malkin came to terms with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

At 11 PM ET, the Penguins announced they signed the future hall of famer to a four-year deal with an AAV of $6.1 million. That’s the same annual salary that defenseman Kris Letang inked earlier in the month.

“Evgeni is a generational talent who will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NHL history,” Hextall said in a statement. “His hockey resume and individual accomplishments speak volumes about him as a player, and we are thrilled to watch him continue his remarkable legacy in Pittsburgh.”

Malkin posted on his Instagram story, “Everything you need to know,” to indicate to fans his desire was to always remain with the Penguins.

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Jan 31, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) reacts after being named a star of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It was a wild 24 hours that began with Malkin saying he was going to test the market after disappointing negotiations that had him question if the Penguins even wanted him.

Malkin, 35, recorded 42 points in 41 games last season after coming off knee surgery. He reportedly turned down a 2-year offer for $6 million per season, looking for at least for 4-years at that money value.

With pressure mounting on the Penguins, Malkin not only got the contract he wanted but a full no-move clause.

Malkin was the Penguins first round pick, second overall, in the 2004 Draft. He’s a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with 981 career games to his credit. In his career, Malkin has amassed 1,156 points including 444 goals.

His list of accomplishments includes being named an All-Star seven times, a Hart Memorial Trophy (2011-12) recipient, and winner of the 2009 Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.