Penguins give Neal 6-year extension

Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal stands in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during...

Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal stands in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during their game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Nov. 26, 2011. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency)

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BUFFALO, NY - The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward James Neal to a six-year contract extension on Sunday.

The deal, which begins next season and has an average annual value of $5 million, keeps Neal in the Steel City through the 2017-18 campaign.

Neal has emerged as one of the league's best snipers in his first full season with the Penguins.

Coming into Sunday's action, the 24-year-old is tied for third in the NHL and ranks second on the team with a career-high 30 goals. He has also established personal bests in points (56), power-play goals (13) and shots (242), leading the league in the latter two categories.

Selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game last month in Ottawa, Neal joined the Penguins last February in a trade with Dallas.

For his career, the Ontario native has registered 103 goals and 90 assists in 292 games with the Stars and Penguins.


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