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2010 FA Day 1: Sixth update

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OK, dear readers, some thoughts on what has been a busy Hockey Day in Pittsburgh. First, though, the details of the deals:

• D Zbynek Michalek is 27. He signed for five years at $20 million, with limited movement clause. His annual cap hit is $4 million.

• D Paul Martin is 29. He signed for five years at $25 million. I’m awaiting word on his movement clause. His annual cap hit is $5 million.

Pens are now committed to $16.25 million in cap space over next four season for Michalek, Martin, and Ds Brooks Orpik (29) and Kris Letang (23).

I’m going to break this down with an analysis piece in Friday’s print edition, but I’d consider this day a big win for Shero. I’ll explain in that piece.

That said, this is your fourm as much as mine, so have it, please.

— 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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