Neal re-signed to six year extension.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced the re-signing of left wing James Neal to a six-year contract extension worth an average annual cap hit of $5 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penguins critics will claim they’ve overpaid for Neal, but he’s had three consecutive 20-plus goal seasons before this one, and is currently only pace for 42 goals and close to 80 points this season. They’re obviously pleased with his performance and believe he’s capable of more in the future. If he continues that pace over the life of this deal, it’ll be more than worth the money for the Penguins.