Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More UFA news

The Trib is reporting that Brooks Orpik's camp is hopeful that the Pens will present an offer today. We know we've heard that an offer was already made at the tune of 5 years, $17 million, but we know how the rumors have been rolling out lately. He's looking for a long term deal, likely worth no less that $3.5 million a year. He could go the free-agent route, but he would likely let the Penguins match any offer he would receive. The Trib also states Pascal Dupuis, Jarkko Ruutu, Georges Laraque, and Adam Hall expect to hear from Ray Shero after he pursuits new deals with Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury. Hossa is expected to be pursued  by several teams including the Vancouver Canucks, who are also interested in Ryan Malone. Jordan Staal isn't expected to sign an extension this summer, and the Pens don't seem to have any urgency in getting one done soon. The Pens also extended offers Tuesday to restricted free agents Mark Ardelan, Paul Bissonnette, Patrick Ehelechner, Tim Brent, Daniel Fernholm, Jonathan Filewich, and Ryan Stone to preserve their rights to these players. You can read the full article here.

The Post-Gazette has an article about Penguins prospect Luca Caputi. Also included is a tidbit on Michel Therrien and a contract extension. He has one year left, but it doesn't appear to be a burning issue and Ray Shero said they have mutual interest and it would be worked out eventually.

They also have some information on Terry Bradshaw and steroids.

Speaking of the Steelers, Big Ben thinks the team can contend for the Super Bowl.

While we're not baseball fans, the Yankees being in town to play the Pirates seems to be a big deal. Something about them not being here in like 60 years or something. But that's not the shocker. The Pirates actually won. By a lot. Wow.

As for the random YouTube of the day, Sidney Crosby videos are easy to find. We'll try to get some variety in here soon when we have time to search for some good ones. As for today, it's Crosby's most recent Gatorade commercial. We like it.

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