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    Default Talks with Gonchar and Cooke to heat up next week

    Penguins' talks with Gonchar, Cooke heat up next week
    Wednesday, June 02, 2010
    By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Penguins general manager Ray Shero is headed back to the Stanley Cup final.

    This time, though, he will not have a vested interest in the outcome.

    Shero will join his fellow general managers today in Philadelphia, where Game 3 of the Cup final between the Flyers and Chicago will be played tonight, for a meeting held during the championship round each year.

    One major topic will be the salary-cap ceiling for 2010-11. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has projected a $2 million increase over the $56.8 million figure for the season now winding down, and that figures to have an impact on how Shero approaches negotiations with players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency if not re-signed by July 1.

    Those talks with the agents representing guys such as Sergei Gonchar and Matt Cooke likely will begin in earnest next week, according to Shero and several agents.

    "We've talked about some parameters [for contracts], but there's nothing concrete at this point," Shero said. "Most likely next week, we'll get into [negotiations with] a few of our free agents."

    Specifically, he said talks with the Cooke camp are "not too far along," and reiterated that he had a general conversation with Gonchar's agent, J.P. Barry, during the NHL draft combine in Toronto last week.

    "I'm not close on anything now," Shero said.

    Defenseman Brooks Orpik, however, is getting closer to undergoing the surgery needed to repair an abdominal injury that bothered him for the second half of the season.

    Shero said the operation is scheduled for around the middle of this month, and that Orpik will be able to start training "two or three weeks" after it is performed.

    What the chances are of Orpik having Johan Fransson of Sweden alongside him on the Penguins' blue line next season remains to be seen.

    The Penguins thought enough of Fransson to discuss a conditional trade for his rights with Los Angeles, but his status at the moment is cloudy, at best.

    Although the Kings apparently failed to sign him by the June 1 deadline, which would make Fransson an unrestricted free agent in the NHL, he has a contract with Lulea in Sweden's Elitserien, and there are conflicting reports about whether he also has a deal in place with Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

    If Fransson, 25, is free of his ties to Los Angeles and is not legally bound to the KHL, the Penguins will at least explore the possibility of working out a contract to bring him to North America.

    For more on the Penguins, read the Pens Plus blog with Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Dave Molinari: dmolinari@post-gazette.com.


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    The cap is going to go UP by 2M? If so that'd be awesome.
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    The cap is going to go UP by 2M? If so that'd be awesome.
    Gonchar is GONE !!!

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    Just say no to Gonchar, he is washed up let some other ream offer him a contract. He is strictly a power play QB not worth 5 mill. Take that money and get a DD that can play GoGo.

    Sign cook for 1.7 mill over the next 3 seasons, trade Tk on the draft for a pick cause we have a lot of in house depth for the bottom 6. Lestu,Johnson,Connor can all fill Tk role cheaper.

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    Gonchar is GONE !!!
    I hope, unless he takes a drastic pay cut.

    Definitely nice to see that the Cap is going up like that. While it helps us out, it also helps out a lot of other teams too
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    that extra 2 mill will look real nice to Ray Whintey we can offer him 3 mill and a chance to play with Crosby.

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    I hope, unless he takes a drastic pay cut.

    Definitely nice to see that the Cap is going up like that. While it helps us out, it also helps out a lot of other teams too

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    I hope, unless he takes a drastic pay cut.

    Definitely nice to see that the Cap is going up like that. While it helps us out, it also helps out a lot of other teams too
    Some GM will be stupid enough to give Gonchar what his agent is asking for, SEE NY Rangers & contracts to Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, Chris Drury & Flyers & Danny Briere, Scott Fartsmell & Kimmo Timmonen

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    # If Pittsburgh is unable to resign Sergei Gonchar (their top priority), talk around the league is that the Penguins are [HIGH-LIGHT]likely to target Devils defenseman Paul Martin over Anton Volchenkov.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Sure as Hell hope that TIOPS is wrong as USUAL!! Martin is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO overrated it's scary

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    I hope, unless he takes a drastic pay cut.

    Definitely nice to see that the Cap is going up like that. While it helps us out, it also helps out a lot of other teams too
    I dont think Gonchar is going to be re-signed either...HOWEVER, either way the extra 2M, like you said, will be nice whether its for Gonchar or for others.
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    # If Pittsburgh is unable to resign Sergei Gonchar (their top priority), talk around the league is that the Penguins are [HIGH-LIGHT]likely to target Devils defenseman Paul Martin over Anton Volchenkov.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Sure as Hell hope that TIOPS is wrong as USUAL!! Martin is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO overrated it's scary
    I'd take Martin+Michalek...
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    I'd take Martin+Michalek...
    Martin is supposed to get 4+ mill !! How Ya doing that & getting a winger or 2??

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    I'd take Martin+Michalek...
    Then be prepared to see more **** like Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko skating in the Top 6
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    Then be prepared to see more **** like Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko skating in the Top 6
    Defense has been one of our biggest problems...Michalek is underrated and is a pretty good defensive Dman...who would you choose for the D?

    What kind of winger are you going to get anyway? Whitney? OK. One year younger than Guerin and the same number of goals?
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    I'd Love to get Michalek But you BETTER get some Legit top 2 Line Wingers somehow

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    Then be prepared to see more **** like Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko skating in the Top 6
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