Sidney Crosby is reportedly set to become a Pittsburgh Penguin for life.
According to TSN of Canada, the Penguins and Crosby are expected to announce a contract extension worth over $100 million with an average annual value of close to $9 million. The extension, which would take effect for the 2013-14 season, cannot be signed until July 1 when the free agency period begins.
Crosby is set to enter the final season of a five-year extension he signed in the summer of the 2007. He is reportedly due $7.5 million for the 2012-13 campaign.
The 24-year-old superstar played just 22 regular-season games last season because of concussion-related injuries. He was hurt in January 2011 and missed the remainder of the 2010-11 season before returning last November, then played eight games before a recurrence of symptoms forced him out again until March 15.
Crosby posted eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in his 22 games during the regular season, then added three goals and five assists in six playoff games as the Pens were ousted by Philadelphia in the first round.
In 434 career regular-season games, Crosby has 223 goals and 609 points. In 2006-07, at just 19 years of age, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as the league's regular-season MVP. He helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2009.