Sidney Crosby, who won the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2007 and missed parts of the last two seasons with concussion symptoms, agreed on a $104.4 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday.
Crosby, 24, will be under contract with the team through the 2024-25 season, the team said on its website. The 12-year extension, which goes into effect after next season, will cost $8.7 million annually toward the league salary cap, according to the Penguins.
The team said that Crosby can’t sign the deal until July 1 under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
‘‘We look forward to having him in a Penguins uniform for the rest of his career,’’ Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said. ‘‘He is an excellent player and an even better person, and he is a great ambassador for the Penguins and for Pittsburgh.’’
Crosby, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, has played just 28 games in the last 18 months since suffering a concussion in January 2011. Last season he scored eight goals and recorded 29 assists in 22 regular-season games.
A four-time All-Star, Crosby led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship in 2009 and the Canadian team to the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver.
Kings extend QuickGoalie Jonathan Quick agreed to a 10-year, $58 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. The Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie, who led Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup championship earlier this month, will sign the deal Sunday and 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 on the shelf
Carolina Hurricanes backup goalie Brian Boucher is expected to miss 4-6 months because of a shoulder injury. General manager Jim Rutherford said Boucher was injured within the past week and is scheduled to have surgery to repair it. He did not say which shoulder was injured . . . The NHL salary cap is set at $70.2 million, up from $64.3 last year. The minimum teams can spend on payroll is $54.2 million, up from $48 million . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin to a two-year, $4.3 million contract. The 26-year-old was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 11 for defenseman Kris Russell . . . Former Bruin defenseman Hal Gill, 37, signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Nashville Predators. Gill was acquired by the Predators from Montreal in February and suited up for 23 regular season games and five in the playoffs . . . The Minnesota Wild will try to land prize free agents Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. The Wild are more than $19 million under the salary cap that was set this week for the 2012-13 season at $70.2 million. So they'll be able to offer more money than some of the other teams competing in what’s considered a high-quality, low-quantity pool of unrestricted free agents . . . The St. Louis Blues signed 37-year-old forward Scott Nichol, a staple on the checking line, to a one-year contract.