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2010 FA Day 1: Fifth update


— Want your thoughts (, 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—- — 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.




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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