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FA09: Day 1 – 6th update

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 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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