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    Default DUH !! Pierre Lebrun Finally realizes what Pens Fans have realized for awhile

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    Speaking of star defensemen, the Penguins would like to keep their premier puck-mover in 36-year-old Sergei Gonchar, who is eligible to be UFA July 1.

    Pens GM Ray Shero and Gonchar's agent, J.P. Barry, have spoken a few times since Pittsburgh's season ended, including one lengthy session at the draft combine in Toronto, but there is still no deal.

    "I've got every expectation that I will talk to Ray again pretty soon," Barry told ESPN.com on Monday. "We've had several meetings and he wasn't able to commence negotiations until he got more certainty on the salary cap."

    Shero needs to know exactly how much cap room he has before moving ahead on any big contract. The NHL will announce the 2010-11 cap figure June 30; it is expected to increase around $2 million from the current $56.8 million.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Term continues to be the big hurdle in the Gonchar talks. The 35-and-over rule in the CBA, one that stipulates the entirety of the contract signed counts against a team's salary cap regardless of whether a player retires before the end of that deal, is making Pittsburgh wary about giving Gonchar more than one year. Gonchar's camp wants three years. Will two years to be the compromise? We'll find out soon enough.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    NO **** Ya MORON !! How come you kept writing & saying on HINC Hot Stove that The Pens were Offering 1 & Gonchar's Agent Wanted 2 ???????

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    I said during the season and haven't changed my opinion... Gonchar is too risky at his price and age. He's become a little more injury prone and after his last injury he really looked bad, like Gonchar 05-06 bad when he joined the team and was being booed mercilessly at the Igloo.

    The only reason they could want him is because they are too chicken **** to fire Mike Yeo and know that Mike Yeo has no other ideas for a Power Play than design 5 different ways to get Gonchar a shot at the point
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    I said during the season and haven't changed my opinion... Gonchar is too risky at his price and age. He's become a little more injury prone and after his last injury he really looked bad, like Gonchar 05-06 bad when he joined the team and was being booed mercilessly at the Igloo.

    The only reason they could want him is because they are too chicken **** to fire Mike Yeo and know that Mike Yeo has no other ideas for a Power Play than design 5 different ways to get Gonchar a shot at the point
    I used to agree with you, and for the most part, I actually still do. He is too old, and too much of a risk. However, I made my assessment based on my thinking that Goligoski would become a much younger, quicker Gonch. Apparently, I was WAY off. In a nutshell, I'm hoping for the highly unlikely: Gonch decides he wants to end his career on top and signs a two year deal at a reasonable price....or Kris Letang can step up, and be the next Gonch. The second could actually happen if Tanger learns to hit the freakin' net.

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    I used to agree with you, and for the most part, I actually still do. He is too old, and too much of a risk. However, I made my assessment based on my thinking that Goligoski would become a much younger, quicker Gonch. Apparently, I was WAY off. In a nutshell, I'm hoping for the highly unlikely: Gonch decides he wants to end his career on top and signs a two year deal at a reasonable price....or Kris Letang can step up, and be the next Gonch. The second could actually happen if Tanger learns to hit the freakin' net.
    Letang has the abilityu to be an excellent PP specialist and I think that Goligoski will be much better offensivelty next year. He never looked the asame after his injury. Before the injury he was looking pretty decent on the PP.

    Letang though IMO even with Gonch on the team enters/maintains the zone better than anyone else. He's smooth skating and gets into the zone.

    Nobody except Malkin has that shot Gonchar has but there's no rule that says you have to have a strong slap from the point on the PP. If anything, that's the very thing that Mike Yeo became obsessed with and why the YP failed. I at this perefer not having that one "weapon" on the point and having a lot of other "options" I think it'll keep PK's more off balance... or it should unless Yeo sticks Malkin on the point
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    I think Letang and Gogo will be fine on the PP. And you just know Shero will get another offensive d-men added to the team.

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    all Letang needs is to hit the net 75% or more of the time and he will be a great replacement
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