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FA09: Day 1 – 4th update

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Happy UFA Day, kiddies. Fourth update:

• 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.

• I’ve been in touch with several Penguins regarding former teammate Marian Hossa’s 12-year deal at $5.5 million annually with Chicago. The lack of interest by these players is the surest sign yet that they’ve moved on.

• The longer this day goes without the Rangers spending some of their available money, the more, I’m told, they’ll be in play for D Rob Scuderi. Minnesota is still considered the front-runner. Dallas was in the mix early; no word on the Stars of late.

• It appears more likely that if the Penguins lose Scuderi they will try to bring back D Hal Gill on a one-year deal.

• I can’t confirm internet speculation that the Penguins are shopping LW/RW Pascal Dupuis. Two weeks ago I spoke with a Penguins official who talked of needing to give Dupuis a chance to produce more next season. Dupuis has two years left on a deal and counts $1.4 million annually against the cap.

• Word is there is a list of at least five clubs seriously interested in RW Mike Knuble, including the Penguins.

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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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