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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.
continued with numerous videos…
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.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Several teams in Russia’s revamped pro hockey league want to repatriate NHL all-star Evgeni Malkin by offering him a contract that would make him hockey’s highest-paid player – by a wide margin.
In a move that would surely send a shock through NHL, whose executives are gathered today in Ottawa for the amateur player draft, the Russian teams are poised to offer the Russian-born Pittsburgh Penguins forward a multi-year contract worth at least $12.5 million (all figures U.S.) tax free per season, said a source familiar with the matter.
from the Beaver County Times,
Now embarking on his second season as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of hockey administration, (Jason) Botterill hardly qualifies as dumb. C’mon, the guy has a master’s degree in business. And though he may have been a jock in his younger days — he did have an outstanding amateur hockey career — Botterill is taking more enlightened pursuits these days.
His job duties include monitoring the NHL’s salary cap, financial forecasting, performing contract research and working on salary arbitration cases.
But make no mistake, given his druthers, Botterill would still like to be on the ice instead of the front office. It just didn’t work out that way.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The farther one goes along with this Collective Bargaining Agreement now in place in the NHL, the more bizarre are the experiences that keep arising….
The first is the case of Evgeni Malkin, who gave the Pens and their fans a lift of hope when he announced—much to his agent J. P. Barry’s chagrin—that he doesn’t need to be paid any more than Sidney Crosby on a five-year deal.
After Barry got through rending his garments at his client’s honesty, he thought about the opportunities staying in Pittsburgh might afford the young Russian in terms of competing for championships and came to the conclusion that as long as they limit the term to five years or the loss of just one year of unrestricted free agency, a deal near Crosby’s $8.7 million per season might be acceptable.
read on plus Jeff Carter talk…
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