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2010 FA Day 1: Second update

About half-an-hour left until noon. Some quick hits for the dear readers:

— D Zbynek Michalek was still talking with the Coyotes as of 11 a.m. That negotiation seems destined to run until the wire. The Penguins are keeping an eye on that situation.

— There are reports that Penguins will target D Paul Martin in the unlikely event that they quickly retain Ds Sergei Gonchar or Dan Hamhuis. I can’t say I’ve heard that even hinted at from anybody I’ve spoken with. Martin and Michalek are represented by different agents with the same company, if that matters. (It seems to have in the past with Cs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin).

— Hamhuis and GM Ray Shero kept talking this morning, but he was going to market because several teams — notably Vancouver, Toronto and possibly Los Angeles — have big interest. He may be big winner on this market, which could mean bad news for Penguins.

— Gonchar might have a big offer coming from LA.

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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