by Tony on 06/30/09 at 12:26 PM ET
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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