With the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, the Pittsburgh Penguins have made a move to retain one of their own rising stars, rather than look elsewhere for help, at least at the moment. Right wing James Neal, who would have been a restricted free agent following the season, has been signed to a six-year, $30 million contract extension, according to Jose Yohe, Penguins writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
James Neal receives a six-year, $30 million contract extension.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) February 19, 2012
Neal is enjoying a breakout season in Pittsburgh, scoring his 30th goal of the season Saturday in the Penguins win over the Flyers. The 24-year-old's previous career-high in goals was 27. Neal has scored a NHL-leading 13 power play goals this season.
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