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Penguins sign Mark Letestu to a two-year extension

Jan 18, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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When you come to the NHL as a rookie, it can be tough to make an impression sometimes. When you’re on a team with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal getting noticed can be a lot more difficult. For Mark Letestu, his work this year to chip in while injuries to all three of those superstars have sat out with injuries.

The Penguins rewarded Letestu with a two-year contract extension worth $1.25 million, $625,000 against the cap. Letestu’s efforts as a winger and occasional center have been solid with no letdown this season. With the Pens looking for consistent play from players that aren’t superstars, Letestu stepping in and playing mostly mistake-free hockey while adding nine goals and ten assists has been a real boost to their lineup.

With Letestu’s deal was expiring after this season, so it’ll be interesting to see if the boost in confidence he gets from having the Penguins lock him up and believe in him gives him a boost. The Pens could always use a little bit extra with Crosby still out and Malkin slumping.

  1. sfbookreviews - Jan 19, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Nice little signing by the Pens. Letestu’s scoring has disappeared for the most part, but he’s a solid checker, is strong on the boards and has some decent offensive potential. He doesnt’ stand out, but he never plays the goat either.

  2. jpelle82 - Jan 19, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    i dont think its tough to get noticed. coaches know what they are gonna get with malkin, crosby, and staal. they are always looking at the role players and rookies to step up and make a difference. Hard work pays off, hats off to letestu

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