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Sports log: Evgeni Malkin remains a Penguin for $76m


The Penguins and star forward Evgeni Malkin agreed to an eight-year deal Thursday that will keep the 2012 league MVP and franchise cornerstone Sidney Crosby in the fold well into the next decade. The $76 million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and will carry an average salary-cap hit of $9.5 million, a little bit less than the $10.6 million Crosby will average over the first nine years of the 12-year extension he signed last summer. Malkin’s numbers dipped during the lockout-shortened, 48-game season. A concussion and a lingering shoulder injury limited the Russian star to just 33 points in 31 games and he did not have a point in the Penguins’ four-game loss to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals . . . The Maple Leafs signed tough guy Colton Orr to a two-year contract extension. The 31-year-old had a goal and three assists in 44 regular-season games this season and led the NHL in penalty minutes with 155. He played in all seven of Toronto’s playoff games, putting up 18 penalty minutes . . . Stars prospect Scott Winkler died in his home country of Norway after recently completing his senior season at Colorado College. He was 23. Winkler died unexpectedly Wednesday at his parents’ home. The native of Asker, Norway, was a third-round pick by the Stars in 2008.

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