Cross another name off the notable NHL free agent list.

The Pittsburgh Penguins locked up another key component to their offence on Tuesday, re-signing forward Pascal Dupuis to a four-year, $15 million US contract that will run through the 2016-17 campaign. He was set to hit the open market on Friday after his two-year, $3 million deal just expired.

General manager Ray Shero made the announcement on the team's official website.

Dupuis, 34, was an important weapon in the Penguins' attack this past year. The six-foot-one, 205-pound winger was tied for third on the team in both goals (20) and points (38), and notched a league-leading plus-31.

His post-season play also earned him plenty of praise, as he tied for the team lead with seven goals and accumulated 11 points in 15 contests.

The native of Laval, Que., is a two-time 20-goal scorer and had a career high 59 points in 82 games in 2011-12. In 798 career games, he's amassed 175 goals and 374 points.

He has spent the last six years with the Penguins and broke into the league in 2000-01 when he played four games for the Minnesota Wild.

Earlier in the day, Pittsburgh announced it had agreed to an eight-year, $58 million extension to keep star blue-liner Kris Letang around for the long-term.