Is Petr Sykora close to signing a 2 year extension? DePaoli gives you the latest.
According to a source Pittsburgh Penguins forward Petr Sykora has expressed a strong desire to stay in Pittsburgh long-term.
Sykora a free agent signee in 2007, is entering the final year of his contract and will be paid $2.75 million this season. The Penguins have been receptive to the idea of signing Sykora to an extension but have yet to make an offer. Pittsburgh seems more interested in waiting until mid-season to see what they have but a source would not rule out the two sides beginning preliminary discussions prior to the season. Sykora is believed to be seeking a cap friendly deal of $3.25 million per season. A sticking point may be Sykora seeking three years but it may be worth it for the Penguins to offer an extra year.
Pittsburgh could be in the same situation with Sykora that they were in last season with Ryan Malone. Malone and the Penguins discussed a long-term extension near last year‚Äôs All-Star break, (before Malone‚Äôs Stock was rising). Pittsburgh made two offers that were less than $3 million per season. If Pittsburgh would have made Malone the 5 year – $16.5 million offer (During the All-Star Break) they made him following the season, Malone may still be a Penguin.
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