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Report:  Penguins sign defenseman Jay McKee to one-year deal

According to Hockeybuzz’ Andy Strickland, the Penguins have signed defenseman Jay McKee to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

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Talbot to have shoulder surgery:  Championship DVD released

UPDATE:  Per the Penguins, surgery was performed today.  His recovery is expected to take four to five months.

In what has been rumored for a few weeks, Game 7 hero Max Talbot’s agent has confirmed that Talbot will have surgery this week to correct a dislocated shoulder.  There is a chance that Talbot may miss at least part of training camp, if not the start of the regular season.  According to his agent, Talbot’s shoulder had been “popping in and out”.

Also, the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship DVD was premiered last night at a Pittsburgh theater and will be available for the public today.  Hockeybuzz’ Brian Metzer and the boys at Pensblog were there in all their glory.

Nothing new on the free agency front, it’s expected the next signing for GM Ray Shero will be a veteran defenseman (such as Jay McKee), although a veteran backup goaltender is a possibility as well.

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Defenseman biggest priority remaining for Shero & Penguins

GM Ray Shero and the Penguins received some welcome news on Day Three of free agency when UFA winger Ruslan Fedotenko not only accepted terms on a new one-year contract, but took a $450K pay cut along with it.

But now with the Pens’ available cap space approximately at the $3M mark now, Shero most likely will have to get a little creative in order to fill the vacancy left by Rob Scuderi’s departure to the Left Coast.

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Fedotenko re-signs with Penguins for one-year deal

Reportedly terms are for one year, $1.8M dollars.

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From the Penguins:

The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year contract through the 2009-2010 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Fedotenko, 30, scored 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) and ranked second on the team with a plus-18 rating in 65 games with the Penguins this season.  It marked the seventh time that he recorded 30-plus points in a single season.  He appeared in 24 games for Pittsburgh during the post-season, recording seven goals and 14 points.

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In Shero We Trust (but hurry up, m’kay ?)

Tough, but not totally unexpected day for the Penguins and their fans on Day Two of the free agency period, losing defensive stalwart Rob Scuderi to Los Angeles.

The tally so far has the Pens losing Scuderi, Hal Gill and Mathieu Garon, while retaining Craig Adams and Bill Guerin and signing Mike Rupp.

The question now becomes, with only ~$4.7M available, how does GM Ray Shero spend it ??

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Lots of feelers still out there for Shero and Penguins after Day One

I guess that we as Penguins fans have gotten used to being patient when it comes to Free Agency under GM Ray Shero.  You must resist the urge to exclaim “Huh ??” when the first free agent signing of the period for the Pens is, Mike Rupp ??

Like last July 1st, when Shero’s only signing was, Eric Godard.

It was on July 2nd a year ago when Hossa-gate happened, resulting in GMRS scrambling to sign Ruslan Fedotenko and Miro Satan the next day.

Fast forward to present day, and Rob Scuderi and Fedotenko are still negotiating with several teams, Hal Gill has to start learning French and Mathieu Garon is next up to Dot the “I” at the Horseshoe.

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Zigomanis will not return to Penguins

Well, if you’re looking for a right-handed faceoff specialist this Free Agency period, it looks like one of the best will be available at noon tomorrow.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mike Zigomanis’ agent states that “I think it’s a fait accompli” that he won’t have any more discussions with the Penguins, after the Pens re-signed Craig Adams with a two-year contract.

Zigomanis was leading the NHL in faceoff percentage at the time of his shoulder surgery in December.

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It’s the calm before the Free Agency storm for Penguins

Well, maybe it’ll just be some scattered showers for the Pens.

Or, knowing Ray Shero, maybe not.

As I mentioned on Twitter, now that the Pens have re-signed Craig Adams and Bill Guerin, leaving them with ~$5.5M of cap space, something just tells me that it’s not going to be as simple as attempting to sign Ruslan Fedotenko and Rob Scuderi, then pack up and call it a summer.

I think we should expect the unexpected in the coming days from Shero and the Penguins.

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Penguins re-sign Adams to two-year deal

From the Penguins:

The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Adams, 32, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.  The gritty Adams played a key support role in the Penguins’ drive to the Stanley Cup, chipping in three goals and two assists for five points in 24 playoff games. After being claimed on waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on March 4, he played nine regular-season games for the Penguins and recorded one assist.

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