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FA09: Day 1 – 4th update

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 has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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