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Update on Gonchar, Guerin.

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Awaiting a call from GM RAY SHERO, but I can pass along these early-evening Jimmies:

• Just heard from the agent for D SERGEI GONCHAR. “No movement,” JP BARRY said via text. I followed by asking if it seemed likely Gonchar was going to the market tomorrow. “Yes,” Barry said.

Also, this direct quote from a former teammate of Gonchar’s: “His heart is with the Penguins.” A teammate went on to laud young Ds KRIS LETANG and ALEX GOLIGOSKI, but conceded they cannot touch Gonchar’s ability. I suggested few could. “He’s very under-appreciated at times,” he said.

RW BILL GUERIN informed me that he is likely headed to the market because he “(doesn’t) know what (the Penguins) are thinking or doing.”

• A name of a potential UFA I’ve heard associated with the Penguins, but not from the Penguins: D KURTIS FOSTER. He is 28, recorded 42 points last season with Tampa Bay, and cost only $600,000 against the cap — though he’ll get a raise on the market. He can work the power play and possess a big shot he used to score eight goals. The Penguins prefer Gonchar and D DAN HAMHUIS, but it’s probably worth keeping an eye on Foster tomorrow as I’ve heard his name tied to the Penguins from a few folks.

• Speaking of Hamhuis, I’ve not heard from his agent of Shero. Again, Hamhuis lives in British Columbia, Canada, so he is three hours behind Pittsburgh; it’s possible his scheduled talks with Shero haven’t even happened yet today. I don’t know what to make of the silence, but I have heard from making checking in around the league that Toronto might make a strong push to sign Hamhuis if he hits the market.

— ROSSI

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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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