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from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Only the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Only a club whose elite young core is nearly secured - Jordan Staal being the final item on the to-do list - for the next several years at unbelievable bargain rates.
So, please, spare us the wailing over Hossa. Spare us the fretting over Ruutu and Conklin.
RDS (French) is reporting that both Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko have been signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins—Satan for $3.5 million and Fedotenko for $2.25 million.
Update 1:51pm ET: TSN confirms with the same details.
Update 2:38pm ET: Press release from the Penguins, re. Fedotenko, is below.
Update 3:15pm ET: Press release on Satan, also now added below.
Sources tell TSN Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a 7 year, 35 million dollar extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Update 3:39pm ET: Press release from the Penguins is below…
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Pittsburgh thinks often of Cleveland as its rival metropolis, and sometimes of Philadelphia, but with this week’s free-agent fiasco, is there a place somewhere generating more frowns ‘round town than Motown?
The research that begot the ad campaign extolling Detroit’s “hot cars, cutting edge music, Vegas-style gaming, diverse culture, and championship sports” reportedly concluded that among 11 regional cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Detroit was the only one perceived to offer a travel experience appealing primarily to young adults 21 to 34.
Mr. Hossa is 29.
Yeah, they’re geniuses out there.
added 8:45am, from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
One presumes Hossa’s plan is to go for one year to Detroit, put up ridiculously-high numbers while playing with Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk or Valtteri Filppula, and call himself a Cup champion. Then he takes the big money the following year from the team willing to risk that he won’t retire on their dime.
Never even mind the fact that some insiders felt he was wired into Detroit by some previous, devious agreement anyway, and that the first day’s bidding may have been nothing more than a sham.
from Empty Netters,
If the Penguins were “Goodfellas,” Crosby, Fleury, Malkin and Staal would be Robert DeNiro , Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. Colby Armstrong, Michel Ouellet, Marian Hossa, Gary Roberts, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin and even Brooks Orpik, who signed a big deal yesterday, are bit players.
After what happened yesterday with Marian Hossa, it’s hard to imagine Ray Shero every investing long term into a scoring winger for Crosby or Malkin. We have a hard time believing these two will have their versions of Glenn Anderson or Jari Kurri for any serious length of time.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
While a few issues—like whether the deal will cover five or six seasons—still must be resolved, all major hurdles to an agreement have been cleared.
“I’m hopeful that in the next couple of days, something will work out there,” said Shero, the Penguins’ general manager.
read on for more Penguins business
via press release,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a six-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Update 5:13pm ET: TSN notes that the contract is $22.5 million over 6 years (*
link not yet available
update: link now available).
Remainder of Penguins press release is below:
Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Evgeni Malkin to a five-year contract extension commencing with the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
From TSN’s tracker:
NY Rangers sign UFA forward Aaron Voros (undisclosed)
Pittsburgh signs UFA forward Eric Godard (undisclosed)
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent defenseman Mark Eaton. Financial terms were not immediately known.
Update 2:20 pm ET: From TSN’s tracker,
Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign UFA D Mark Eaton to a 2 year deal worth $2-million
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