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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.





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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