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Early-afternoon update on Pens’ FA situation.

Not a whole lot going on, dear readers, but some nuggets before the working lifers head home:

= No word from the camp of D DAN HAMHUIS. Though, I heard from one fellow beat reporter in an Eastern Conference city, and that reporter believes Hamhuis might land $5 million annual on the market. That’s going to be tough for the Penguins if they want to graft two defensemen onto their roster during the offseason. Also, another in-the-know reporter colleague said to me that he believes Toronto would be in-play if Hamhuis hits the market Thursday. I’m not sure that is a shocker, because Toronto seems to always be in play, but figured I’d pass it along.

I feel comfortable reporting (finally) that the Penguins are willing to go at least four years on a deal for Hamhuis, though I cannot say if contract terms have yet been discussed.

= Heard from the camp for D SERGEI GONCHAR. Agent JP BARRY said he has no scheduled talks with GM RAY SHERO, but that Shero usually makes at least one call every day. I wouldn’t expect that to change, but I also wouldn’t expect an 11th hour deal similar to the one Barry swung last year to keep the Sedin twins with Vancouver.

= All indications are that RW BILL GUERIN will likely hit the market, though his camp has not confirmed that to me. Chipped Ice friend Pierre “the French Cowboy” LeBrun is reporting that Guerin appears headed to hit the market, and as I’ve said many times over the years, if Pierre says so you can pretty much count it as good to go. Still, I’m holding out to hear from Guerin, whom I know Shero spoke with Tuesday.

= It’s very quiet with the Penguins, and it seems only slightly above a hushed level around the NHL. The day is young, though.

–ROSSI

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

Comments

  1. Mike Kuhn says:

    They better sign one of these defense men, or it will be a bumpy ride next year. Sign both, and we are looking good even without any wingers that can score.

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