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by Paul on 05/16/12 at 12:52 PM ET
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal have one year left on their contracts, and Evgeni Malkin has two. Negotiations with Crosby and Staal can’t begin until July 1, so there’s no way of knowing precisely what they’ll be asking for, but Shero reiterated that his goal is to retain all three.
“I’d like to do that, if possible,” he said. “We’re looking at hopefully getting extensions with [Crosby and Staal].”
While it is conceivable that Staal, the team’s No. 3 center, might want to play elsewhere so he can fill a more offense-oriented role, he apparently has not said anything of the sort to the Penguins. Asked if any of the top three centers had expressed a desire to move, Shero responded, “Absolutely not.”
Personnel changes are part of every offseason, for every team; for the Penguins, the issue is how significant they will be.
“I haven’t decided, either way,” Shero said.
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