Veteran forward Jeff Carter says the opportunity to do "something special" with the Pittsburgh Penguins was a major reason why he chose to sign a two-year, ¢6.25 million contract extension with the franchise.
The Penguins, 13/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, acquired the 37-year-old from the Los Angeles Kings in April 2021.
In 38 games this season, Carter has registered 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists), helping the Penguins to second place in the Metropolitan Division (27-10-7).
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After moving from the Kings last season, Carter made an instant impact scoring 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in 14 regular season games. His playoff form was equally impressive, collecting five points (four goals, one assist) in six games.
Since joining Pittsburgh, only Jake Guentzel (24) has more goals on the Penguins than Carter, and his 37 points rank fourth on the team during that span.
Described as a "leader with a real presence around the room" by Penguins' General Manager Ron Hextall, Carter has experience of 1,132 games in the NHL regular season contributing 788 points (411 goals, 377 assists) with the Penguins, Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.
In the playoffs, Carter has scored 79 points (43 goals, 36 assists) in 126 appearances and won the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.
The centreman said to the media: "First off, I'm getting to the end of my career here and I want to win. So, you look at the team we have and the group we have in there, it's got a lot of potential to do something special. So that was a big part of it."