Fedotenko, Sykora/Scuderi: Not getting a lot of return calls on any of these players.
A nugget on the Scuderi talks with Pens: I’ve heard they are not willing to go much above $2 million annual average salary, but they would consider going that high on a four- or five-year offer.
LW Ruslan Fedotenko: Just heard something is “close” on him. Again, if he doesn’t re-sign with Pens, don’t rule out a Petr Sykora return on a one-year deal with a no-movement clause. At least Sykora would be willing to take that term if the trade-off is control.
D Hal Gill: He has agreed to a two-year deal with Montreal, a $4.5 million total and $2.25 million annual cap hit. The Penguins were not offering that term or salary.
Gill teamed with D Rob Scuderi, also a free agent, to form the Penguins’ top shutdown pairing. His arrival at the NHL trade deadline in 2008 helped transform the Penguins’ penalty kill from a weakness to a strength each of the past two postseasons.
SCUDERI: Several of his teammates confirm the Penguins are making a strong effort to keep Scuderi as of about 4 p.m. If they fail, D Hal Gill is on their short list.
Still not a lot of buzz from Penguins. Again, I remind that GM Ray Shero has said he would not reach to fill a hole, adding that he had a list of the “type” of players, but would be willing to wait.
Quiet regarding Penguins, who remain optimistic of keeping LW Ruslan Fedotenko but are expecting D Rob Scuderi to be out of their price range. Minnesota and Scuderi makes sense, according to folks within the NHL.