Happy UFA Day, kiddies. Sixth 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.
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