Saturday, July 24, 2010

Waiting On Wingers

-The Pittsburgh Penguins still have not signed a winger to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Most of their targets seem to be waiting for better offers as Ilya Kovalchuk's contract situation is still up in the air. With that in mind, the NHL free agent market has been at a standstill as only a few players have signed in the past week. The Penguins are interested in:

-Paul Kariya is a player that the Penguins have been linked to for a while now, but Pittsburgh is not in any discussions with him at this point. He will likely wait until August and then decide who is the right fit for him. He scored 18 goals and recorded 43 points for the St. Louis Blues last season. The 35 year old made $6 million last season, but he will likely not get anything near that this season.
-Raffi Torres has been linked to the Penguins for a while now as they were interested in him at the trade deadline. The two sides have held discussions, but no offer was made. Some sources have said that the Penguins would really like to sign Kariya or Torres, but we will see. The 28 year old scored 19 goals and recorded 36 points with Columbus and Buffalo. He is line for a pay cut after making $2.75 million last season.
-Marek Svatos is a player that comes with some risk, but can also come with a reward. Svatos is a 28 year old who is injury prone, but scored 32 goals in his rookie season in 2005-06 with Colorado. He scored 7 goals last season in 54 games. Svatos' agent has contacted the Penguins, but Pittsburgh has not followed up. To get interest from Pittsburgh, he would likely have to take a two-way contract or training camp invite because of his injury history.

-The Penguins are still talking to Bill Guerin as he remains a possibility. Pittsburgh is not looking at Alex Frolov or Lee Stempniak. They did have early interest in Maxim Afinogenov, but that interest has diminished.

-I will be appearing on the Hockey Guys radio show tomorrow at 12:15 or 12:40 to discuss the Penguins. The episode will also feature James van Riemsdyk, of the Philadelphia Flyers as well as Dennis Bernstein, of TheFourthPeriod.com. To get the time I will be on, follow me on Twitter

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