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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins, Sidney Crosby Make Deal Official

The PIttsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby made their deal for an extension official on Sunday.

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Although the terms of the deal had been known for some time, the Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby made the extension official on Sunday during the first day of the NHL's free agency period.

The terms of the deal are quite hefty, coming in at 12 years and $104.4 million making him the highest-paid player in the league. It certainly is a risky move by the Penguins giving him that much money, however with the cap hit remaining at $8.7 million, it is one that makes sense.

Crosby was limited to just 22 games during the 2011-2012 season, but was still able to tally eight goals and 29 assists.

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