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    "C" is for contract and the Cookie Monster is staying in Pittsburgh.

    Left wing Matt Cooke has reached a verbal agreement on a three-year contract with the Penguins. Term was agreed upon Monday night and the contract has been sent to NHL central registry to be made official.

    Financial terms were not immediately known, but Cooke is one of the rare plus-30 players to re-sign with the Penguins on a multi-year deal since Shero was named to his post in May 2006.

    Cooke, 31, was one of eight Penguins eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Finding a resolution with him and defenseman Sergei Gonchar, 36, were the top offseason priorities of Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

    Cooke originally signed with the Penguins in July 2008. In two seasons he scored 28 goals and recorded 61 points, and he became a staple on 'AoeThe Nightmare Line'A with center Jordan Staal and right wing Tyler Kennedy.

    Controversial for his penchant to push the envelope with his gritty and abrasive style, Cooke turned in arguably his most impactful season last year with 15 goals, 30 points and a plus-17 rating. He added four playoff goals 'A" three more than he produced on the Penguins'A run to the Stanley Cup in 2009.

    His role on the Penguins changed with the hiring of coach Dan Bylsma in February 2009. Bylsma inserted Cooke onto the penalty kill, and that added responsibility sparked a level of consistency to his performance. He has scored 20 goals and recorded 46 points to go with a plus-22 rating in 104 regular-season games he played under Bylsma.

    Cooke gained notoriety March 7 with his open-ice hit on Boston Bruins center Marc Savard. Not penalized because the hit was legal, Cooke and the hit were criticized because of the result. Savard was carried from the Mellon Arena ice on a stretcher. He did not play until the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs because of a concussion.

    Cooke was not suspended for the hit, but league general managers drafted a new rule aimed at removing head shots from the game later in the month.

    Cooke had stated his preference was to remain with the Penguins, with whom he had become a trusted dressing-room voice. His salary-cap hit was $1.2 million the last two seasons.

    Unclear is how his re-singing will impact negotiations between Shero and Gonchar'As agent, JP Barry. The Gonchar camp was awaiting word from Shero on a submitted proposal, and Barry said Monday he hoped to speak with Shero midweek or at the NHL draft this weekend in Los Angeles.

    Gonchar is seeking a multi-year contract and has not publicly expressed an eagerness to take less than market value to remain with the Penguins, who expect to be tight against the salary cap entering next season.

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    Didn't see that coming I thought 3 years was pushing it. Love Cookie though and am glad I get to root for him for the next 3. No word on how much? Or did I gloss over that?

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    Didn't see that coming I thought 3 years was pushing it. Love Cookie though and am glad I get to root for him for the next 3. No word on how much? [HIGH-LIGHT]Or did I gloss over that?[/HIGH-LIGHT]
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    Cooke agrees to 3 year extension...
    6/22/2010 06:49:00 AM Posted by Damian Romano
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    Despite the rumors and reports that were bandied about Cooke and Shero not seeing eye to eye, Pens Universe has learned this morning that LW Matt Cooke has verbally agreed to a three year extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The full terms of the deal have not been released but it is believed to be just under $2MM per year. Interestingly enough that's almost exactly what I assumed should happen.

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    Cooke agrees to three-year contract with Penguins
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010
    By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Left winger Matt Cooke has agreed to a three-year contract with the Penguins.

    His annual salary-cap hit will be $1.8 million.

    Cooke, a fixture on the Penguins' third line and their penalty-killing unit, would have become an unrestricted free agent if not re-signed by July 1.
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    EP--7:39 AM!!!! Good for you.

    I just was rolling over when you posted that!

    TSN has a story that the Pens may trade Gonchar's signing rights!

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    Great price, loving it!

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    Great price, loving it!
    I second that. I didn't think we could have gotten him for less than 3 milion. He must want to win the Cup again, 'cause I'm thinking he might have gotten 3 mill. if he held out.

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    So much for signing Colby Armstrong!

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    I second that. I didn't think we could have gotten him for less than 3 milion. He must want to win the Cup again, 'cause I'm thinking [HIGH-LIGHT]he might have gotten 3 mill. if he held out[/HIGH-LIGHT].
    I agree ... but probably not a 3 year deal.

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    I agree ... but probably not a 3 year deal.
    Not with the Pens, but I was thinking with another team. I think he could have gotten 3 years for 3 million if he shopped himself around. Especially for a team like Boston who has talent, but is too soff. (Although I don't think Boston would have taken him so soon after the Savard hit.)

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    This is a big plus. I like Cooke. 3 years, ya gotta love that!
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    The resigning of Matt Cooke does this however...

    It gives someone Max Talbot a 2nd Line role/position which probably takes away potential for a Johnson/Tangradi competition which I was hoping for... Unless Gonchar is resigned (I pray he's not, since that will eat money from finally getting a decent Top line winger), then those guys could compete for a spot since we'll be low on money.

    Look at what we currently have signed and counting against the Cap...

    Kunitz - Crosby - ???/Dupuis
    ???/Talbot - Malkin - ???
    Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
    Rupp - Adams - Godard

    Orpik - Letang
    Goligoski - ???
    ??? - ???

    I can see Ray Shero busting his cap wad on Defense instead of using a Ben Lovejoy and overpaying for mediocre Defensemen like he's had a bad habit of doing (Mark Eaton) and then spending a measly amount for a Top 6 winger that's in the realm of Ruslan Fedotenko type talent.
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    Give Lovejoy a shot. It's been a limited sample size but he hasn't looked out of place. Put him on the 3rd pairng with Gogo.

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    Give Lovejoy a shot. It's been a limited sample size but he hasn't looked out of place. Put him on the 3rd pairng with Gogo.
    I'm all about Lovejoy getting his shot and he should. Unless Ray shero wants to see us get bumped from the Playoffs annually with his refusal to promote players from within the organization so we aren't filling prominent roster spots with limited payroll, we have to.

    but not with Goligoski. too much inexperience. Goligoski is going to be 2nd pairing. We need a stay at home D for 2nd pairing and some cheap experienced guy for 3rd pairing
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