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 did not have a point in the Penguins’ four-game loss to the Bruins in the Eastern finals Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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