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FA09: Day 1 – 3rd update

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Happy UFA Day, kiddies. The third update:

• 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.

• Penguins are one of several teams in talks with representatives for RW Mike Knuble. As of now, word is the Kings are the front runners.

• A couple of readers have asked, so I’ll say this now: RW Marian Hossa will not be a Penguin.

Speaking of the obvious, a salary cap reminder: Pens are committed to $51.2 million against 2009-10 cap, which is set at $56.8 million. They are at $40.2 million against cap for 2010-11.

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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