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FA09: Day 2 – 1st update

FA Day 2: first update…

LW Ruslan Fedotenko: Just heard something is “close” on him. Again, if he doesn’t re-sign with Pens, don’t rule out a Petr Sykora return on a one-year deal with a no-movement clause. At least Sykora would be willing to take that term if the trade-off is control.

D Rob Scuderi: Before he went to bed Wednesday night – far earlier than I did, by the way – Scuderi said he was considering some offers. Teams I know that were interested include: Minnesota, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars. I also heard from an independent person with ties to Scuderi that another club was in the mix. Wild, Rangers and Stars would be good fits. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is a Scuderi fan; Rangers wanted Orpik bad last season, and still could use defensive-thinkers on blueline; Stars need to get a bit younger and more solid in back.

Scuderi’s agent says Pens will be given a chance to match or do right by Scuderi. Maybe I’m misreading my chats with GM Ray Shero, but I really don’t get the vibe that he is about to go overboard to keep Scuderi or Fedotenko.

Pens have $4.757 in available cap space. If they can get either player for between $2-2.25 million, it could work out for either Scuderi or Fedotenko. However, if they sign for that total it would be a clear indication that their market value was not what they expected it to be.

D Kris Letang: Speaking of market value; I had a late-night conversation with Letang’s agent, who said talks of an extension have yet to start between him and the Penguins. Before anybody reads too much into that, keep in mind that talks literally couldn’t start until noon on Wednesday per the CBA.

Letang, a restricted free agent next summer, stands to get a substantial raise on his $835,000 cap hit. At least, that is the guess by the Penguins and expectations of Letang and his agent.

As I reported months ago, extensions for Letang, 22, and D Sergei Gonchar are high on the Penguins’ list of priorities. Of guys on their current roster only two with NHL experience are at a set cap number for 2010-11.

Gonchar, 35, will not fit under the so-called “35 Rule” that Detroit has used so well. In short, a player signing a front-loaded contract before his 35th birthday could retire/play in another league (with permission) and have his cap cost come off the books after that 35th birthday.

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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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