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Update on Gonchar, Guerin.

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.


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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