Sources: Penguins and Kris Letang Nearing Deal

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0  Updated at 1:15 pm, June 30th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Kris Letang are close to agreeing on an eight-year, $58 million contract, reports ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

The Penguins offered Letang a $56 million deal on Thursday, but that was rejected.  Both sides picked up talks again over the weekend.

Letang has one year left on his current contract and is due $3.5 million next season.

The new deal in place also contains a no-trade clause.

Letang scored five goals, recorded 33 assists, and 38 points in 35 games played this season for Pittsburgh.

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