— Want your thoughts (firstname.lastname@example.org), but I love the signing of D Zbynek Michalek to a four-year deal worth $20 million, with a limited no-movement clause.
I identified him in today’s print story—- http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_688427.html — and he is, essentially, a defensive-minded D man with big upside at 27, somebody that can block shots and who possesses a decent outlet pass.
This doesn’t mean the Penguins are out of the free-agent market with slightly more than $7 million in remaining camp space. I’m told they are still in on D Paul Martin (as of 1:27 p.m.). He is seeking a five-year deal.
Pens also have offers on the table for D Dan Hamhuis — and he if he wants to play in Pittsburgh, he better hurry — and W Ray Whitne. Hamhuis would be long-term. Whitney, I hear, is two-year offer.
Like I’ve been saying, Pens had a plan to regroup if they lost out on D Sergei Gonchar and/or Hamhuis, and they’re moving on it.