Wednesday, July 1, 2009

UFA Updates (All Day Long!)

ALL SPECULATION at this point (unless otherwise noted "CONFIRMED"):

  • 10:40 PM - not much new right now; I think I'm going to call it a night (we'll do this again tomorrow!)
  • [UPDATE 9:25 PM] Bob Pompeani is saying that the Pens continue to clear cap space to sign either Scuderi or Fedotenko and to expect either / both Dupuis and / or Godard to be traded
  • [UPDATE 8:50 PM] Rossi: Scuderi is "probably" waiting until Thursday to make a decision
  • [UPDATE 7:30 PM] CONFIRMED - Garon signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for 2 years / $2.4 million
  • [UPDATE 7:25 PM] TIOPS is reporting that since Havlat and Fedotenko have the same agent, they could possibly be a package deal going to the same team; LA Kings, NY Rangers, and Minnesota are teams that are interested in both players
  • [UPDATE 6:50 PM] Its been pretty quiet; no word yet on Scuds
  • [UPDATE 6:20 PM] CONFIRMED - Penguins sign defenseman Brian Strait to a 3-year entry-level contract (THANKS for the heads-up, Lex!)
  • [UPDATE 6:00 PM] Rossi is reporting that Scuderi said he will hold off on making a decision until Komisarek makes his (he just signed with Toronto)
  • [UPDATE 5:55 PM] Mark Eaton's name is floating around now for players being shopped (along with Dupuis and Godard) as they're very serious about keeping Scuderi while keeping Fedotenko in the mix (IDK -- this is reminding me of Hossa; the Pens trying so hard to sign a player and letting others pass them by although, not as many Penguins have left so far)
  • [UPDATE 5:45 PM] Rossi: Pens trying to move players to clear cap space for Fedotenko or Scuderi
  • [UPDATE 5:05 PM] Rossi says that both Dupuis and Godard were being shopped and that Rupp's signing would confirm this; TIOPS is also reporting that the two are being offered as a "package" to save more than $2 million per season -- they're trying to free up money for Scuderi!!
  • [UPDATE 5:00 PM] CONFIRMED - Mike Rupp's contract is for 2 years / $1.65 million
  • [UPDATE 4:55 PM] CONFIRMED - ALSO FROM TIOPS, Gill signs 2-year / $4.5 million deal with Montreal; have not yet confirmed this with other sources
  • [UPDATE 4:50 PM] CONFIRMED - TIOPS is reporting that Pittsburgh has signed Mike Rupp to a 2-year contract; I have yet to confirm this with any other sources, but will let you know once I do!!
  • [UPDATE 4:00 PM] Rossi cannot confirm, but there is speculation that the Pens are shopping Dupuis
  • [UPDATE 4:00 PM] Also from Rossi, the longer the day progresses without the Rangers spending money, the more likely they'll be in a good position to acquire Scuderi; if the Pens lose Scuderi, its more likely they'll sign Gill (which we've already heard) with a 1-year deal
  • [UPDATE 3:50 PM] Rossi is saying that several Penguins have confirmed that the Penguins "are making concerted push to retain him" (him = Scuderi)
  • [UPDATE 3:50 PM] TIOPS is hearing that the Penguins have some interest in goaltender Kevin Weekes (I'd rather have Curry!); TIOPS says that Weekes would battle Curry for the #2 position (only if they sign Curry AND Weekes, right?!)
  • [UPDATE 3:35 PM] Garon and Blue Jackets involved in deal (I'm hoping the Pens sign Curry soon -- we NEED a back-up goalie!)
  • [UPDATE 3:05 PM] Rossi saying not to give up on Sykora returning (I can live with that!)
  • [UPDATE 2:50 PM] CONFIRMED - Knuble went to Washington (THANKS A BUNCH to Dan!)
  • [UPDATE 2:35 PM] TIOPS is reporting that sources are saying the Penguins made Knuble an offer (does this mean Tenk isn't returning?); the offer is said to be for 1 year and that he's expected to make a decision this evening
  • [UPDATE 2:20 PM] CONFIRMED - It would seem that Hossa hit the jackpot (Karma is taking it easy on him; the Cup must've been enough!); 12 years / $62.4 million - CA-CHING!!!!!
  • [UPDATE 2:00 PM] Supposedly, the Islanders and Blues are interested in Garon (as well as Conklin)
  • [UPDATE 1:50 PM] CONFIRMED - Hossa is now a Blackhawk (DET wouldn't "pay" him!)!! Karma is a BITCH!!!!! THIS IS NOT TRUE!! I'm hearing now that this is true (thanks to reader, Dan!)!!
  • [UPDATE 1:35 PM] Rossi says that the Pens are "optimistic" about keeping Fedotenko and that Scuderi will probably be out of their price range; Penguins are one of the teams in talks with Knuble's representatives, but it appears that the Kings are in the front-running
  • [UPDATE 1:30 PM] it seems to be just a waiting game right now even though TIOPS is hearing that the Stars offered Scuderi a 4-year / $13-$14 million deal (which I really find hard to believe), but we'll see soon enough; AS A NOTE: my "Stars Insider" has informed me that they want to stay $11 million below cap, so this wouldn't jive!
  • [UPDATE 12:55 PM] TIOPS is reporting that a trade is in the works between Pittsburgh and Calgary
  • [UPDATE 12:40 PM] Rossi is reporting that some fellow Pens have said, "Scuds is gone;" Tampa Bay may be in the mix now (Dallas, Minnesota, NY Rangers remain high on the list); supposedly the term was a sticking point with the Fedotenko deal
  • [UPDATE 12:30 PM] Minnesota news is reporting that Wild are in talks with Scuderi
  • [UPDATE 12:10 PM] Penguins a last-minute deal with Tenk (2-year deal with NTC - "no trade clause"); Minnesota and Phoenix are interested in him and have made inquiries
  • [UPDATE 11:55 AM] Fedotenko to test FA; Wild, Stars, and Rangers all interested in Scuderi
  • [UPDATE 11:45 AM] Scuderi is said to be highly interested in Minnesota
  • [UPDATE 11:30 AM] PER ROSSI, the Pens prefer Fedotenko but will agressively pursue Knuble!! Pens will continue to negotiate with Tenk until the 12 noon deadline.
  • [UPDATE 10:40 AM]Scuderi will test FA then go back to the Pens for them to match or something close to his offer(s)
  • [UPDATE 10:40 AM] According to Rossi, Gill returning is based on whether or not Scuderi signs (if he doesn't, Gill will be back); neither side is ruling out Sykora's return but he's not happy with the way his post-season benching was handled (I wouldn't be either!); Garon, Boucher, Satan, and Zigomanis are very unlikely to return - Boucher having a slight chance if neither Scuderi or Gill sign
  • Gill's camp is trying to ensure his return to Pittsburgh (may have to take at least $500,000 pay cut to do so)
  • ALOT of interest in Scuderi; three EC teams have placed upward of $3 million offers on the table

STAY TUNED!!

8 comments:

Dan said...

the Hossa deal is indeed true

pens87fan71 said...

i say we get Army and Ruutu back! that sounds like a good plan to me! =D

Stephanie said...

THANK YOU, Dan (I'll repost that now!)!!

Much appreciated!!

Stephanie said...

@pens87fan71 -- you KNOW how I feel about Ruutu (don't get me started!)!!!! : P I could take or leave Army (sorry!)!

THANKS, Lex!! ; )

Dan said...

$62.4M total 12yrs $5.2M/yr for Hossa

Dan said...

Knuble went to the Capitals

Dan said...

Guerin, Crosby, Kunitz
_, Malkin, Talbot
Cooke, Staal, Kennedy
?, ?, ?

Based on playoff chemistry these are our lines. Dupuis is being shopped because he was on the 4th line but is making 1.5mil.

pens87fan71 said...

Pens signed Brian Strait....its on the penguins home page.....