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Penguins sign Hornqvist to 5-year extension worth $5.3M annually

The Pittsburgh Penguins said Tuesday they have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year contract extension. (AP photo)

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins said Tuesday they have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year contract extension.

The deal begins with the 2018-19 season and runs through the 2022-23 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $5.3 million.

Hornqvist, a native of Sweden, gives the Penguins seven players locked up through at least the 2021-22 season, joining Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Hornqvist has 17 goals, 15 assists, 32 points and 10 power-play goals in 51 games.

Earlier this season, he joined former NHL defenseman Kim Johnsson as the only two final draft choices in NHL history to appear in 600 or more games.

The Penguins also announced Tuesday that goaltender Matt Murray is out with a concussion and they have recalled goaltender Tristan Jarry from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

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