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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.

$5.5 million may not even be enough to sign both Fedotenko and Scuderi.  Scuderi himself may get a “Jeff Finger offer” that he may not pass up.  Fedotenko may have to take a pay cut (like Guerin did) in order to squeeze himself and Scuderi in the payroll.

Barring a trade or two.  And that’s what we as fans should be ready to hear.  For one, as I said, I don’t believe that the $5.5M is going to be enough to sign both players.  I also don’t believe that Shero is perfectly content with the roster he currently has. And thirdly (sic ?), he may very well have to pull the trigger on a deal in order to free up space to sign Scuderi.

Like I said, I believe there’s going to much more than simply two transactions for the Pens tomorrow or in the coming days.

Other Pens notes:

- The Penguins made qualifying offers to soon-to-be backup goaltender John Curry, defenseman Ben Lovejoy and forward Tim Wallace.  Goalie David Brown was not offered a contract, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent.

- Faceoff Factor’s Jesse Marshall conducted a great interview with rising prospect Eric Tangradi.

- Tyler Kennedy’s bringing the Stanley Cup to Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO (thanks for correcting my geography, Garth).

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Welcome to The Confluence, a Pittsburgh Penguins blog since 2006.

Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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