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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Ruutu reiterated his desire to remain with the Penguins—“Pittsburgh is a great team and, hopefully, we can work something out”—and said that the Malone-Roberts trade did nothing to change that.
“It’s part of the business,” Ruutu said. “Every team, it happens.”
Ruutu, who made $1.15 million in each of the past two seasons, is one of hockey’s top antagonists and bolstered his bargaining leverage by playing well in the stretch drive and playoffs.
Even if the sides agree on money, the length of a deal could be a point of contention for him.
more on the Penguins…
Were it not for the salary cap, we’re watching Crosby, Fleury and Malkin walk to the Rangers or Maple Leafs after six or seven seasons simply because of money. The Penguins would become like the Pirates and essentially operate as a glorified farm team for franchises with deeper pockets. It would be an endless cycle of drafting high, developing prospects and eventually dealing them to the Red Wings and Flyers for prospects or draft picks.
You might be feeling down seeing some of your favorite players leave town this way, but you should realize this is happening for reasons that are beneficial for teams like the Penguins. It’s just a little bit ironic as well.
more on the Penguins cap situation from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters…
NHL.com has posted stories on every team in the Atlantic Division. Make sure to check it out for the latest information!
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Orpik’s agent, Lewis Gross, would not say Wednesday if the Penguins have presented a contract offer. However, indications are the club will soon make a formal offer, if it has not already.
Many around the NHL believe Orpik could command offers of $4 million annually from other teams. He is thought to be willing to give the Penguins a so-called “hometown discount” if they provide him a long-term deal.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Rick Curran, who represents Roberts—a veritable folk hero in his season-plus with the Penguins—said yesterday that Roberts will continue playing, but not in Pittsburgh.
“He very much enjoyed his time there,” Curran said. “But he understands that Ray [Shero, the Penguins’ general manager] has a number of items on his agenda that would take priority.”
added 7:59am, from Empty Netters,
We can’t recall any player in Penguins history or even Pittsburgh sports history quite like Gary Roberts. We don’t remember fans falling in love so deeply with a player in such a short period of time. Sure people adored Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby right off the bat but that was because they were proclaimed saviors of the franchise in one way or another.
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From Channel Canada:
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Georges Laraque drops the gloves and calls the shots when he slides into the main chair as guest host of Off The Record (OTR), tonight at 6 p.m. ET on TSN.
Not one to back down from a good fight – or a good debate – Laraque will ask the hard-hitting questions to the show’s guests, which include Penguins teammate Gary Roberts, who will be featured in-studio during the Up Front and Next Question segments of the show. [...]
The other guests on tonight’s show will include Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice-President Jim Devellano. Together, Laraque and the guest panelists will take on the key newsmakers and hottest sports topics of the day, including NHL free agency.
In nearly 2,600 episodes, Laraque is the first NHLer to ever host the show.
This is appearing on Canada’s OTR only, not the ESPN version. But it should be available in the online video archives at TSN after the show, for anyone (Pens fans!?) who may be interested.
From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Marian Hossa has declined an offer to sign a long-term deal with the Penguins and will test free agency.
General manager Ray Shero said today after the NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place that Hossa, a star right wing acquired Feb. 26, will offer his services to other teams as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
However, Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, said he’d had no direct offers from any team in Russia and it wouldn’t matter anyway because Malkin is not interested in going home to play.
“He’s been focused, since Day 1, on doing an extension with the Penguins,” said Barry. “We’ve had discussions with them, since the end of the playoffs, on a framework and expect to have something done with the team early in July.”
They also suggested that Malkin doesn’t want to play anywhere other than Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future — and has no plans to return to Russia,...
more on Malkin…
The Wall Street Journal ranks the greatest athletes:
We gave the performance stats and achievement records of 79 male athletes to a panel of 5 judges, and asked them to rank the competitors based on six criteria: speed; vision and reflex; stamina and recovery; coordination and flexibility; power, strength and size; and success and competitiveness. The final category examined success—records held and victories—as well as competitiveness, based on the sport’s popularity.
Sidney Crosby made the list at #6.
Why not enjoy the highlights from the Stanley Cup Finals, Wings vs. Penguins.
Watch below and sorry to say Hulu is still only allowing IPs from the States to view their videos. Hopefully that will change by next season.
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