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06-07-2004, 11:52 PM
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If he's really demanding a one way contract, then Pittsburg simply makes the most sense. They could use the butts in the seats that Umberger could draw due to the fact that he's a local boy and their team isn't so competative that they would stand to lose a lot by playing him in the NHL. Plus, even if he did stink it up it would help them land Crosby.
One thing that may help the Pens is that Umberger stands a better chance to make the Penguins than most other teams. If he signs with the Pens that would make him the 2nd local on the team (Malone is the other).
I heard that one reason Pock signed with the Rangers because they guaranteed him a spot on the NHL roster. If Umberger gets that from an NHL team, that might factor in who he signs with.
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