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FA09: Day 1 – 6th update

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Happy UFA Day, kiddies. Sixth update:

PENS UPDATE

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.

Additionally, Gill was a valued dress-room presence and a great community guy.

RW Mike Rupp: He has agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.65 million total – a annual cap hit at $825,000. Rupp, 29, is a checking-line forward and a reputable enforcer, which does cast some doubt on the future of RW Eric Godard, who last summer signed a three-year contract at an annual cap hit of $750,000.

· It is believed the Penguins are shopping Godard and RW/LW Pascal Dupuis, who has two years remaining on a deal that counts $1.4 million against the cap. They are trying to clear a bit more cap space to re-sign either LW Ruslan Fedotenko or Scuderi.

With the addition of Rupp, the Penguins are committed to $52,043,000 for 18 players against the 2009-10 salary cap, which is set at $56,800,000.

· Interested to hear your thoughts regarding moves so far: via e-mail.

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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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