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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 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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