Sidney Crosby to sign mega-deal

Updated: June 29, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby are finalizing a new contract that will be worth $104.4 million over 12 years.

The Penguins announced the deal Thursday on their website. The contract will carry an average salary of about $8.7 million a season, although it will be front-loaded. The new contract would go into effect for the 2013-14 season.

"This is a great day for hockey and tremendous news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and our fans," co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle ...

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