Spector's Note: My thanks to Jim Reilly. The Pens aren't done UFA shopping, it's just a question of who they can afford to bring in. Wiemer would be the easiest of the bunch to land, and they could probably afford to nab Stumpel, but it doesn't seem as though Kovalev and Zhamnov will be attainable unless they reduce their asking prices.
Pulled this from today's Spectorshockey.net trade rumors section. He says Kovalev is seeking 4.5-5million a season... apparantly a little rich for the Pens?
I like Kovalev, but 5 million seems alot to me for a player who had 40 + points last season...especially when what you see UFA's are signing for right now.
I would not want that type of money commited to a player in a 3 year deal in todays NHL. Players are signing for less, it is a sign to me that they do want make sure there isn't a lockout and are willing to make the same money or less.
Kovy at 4 million and no more. Recchi at 3 million per a player who got 75 points last year and has never declined in play or point totals drastically should be the measuring stick.
For the supposed 4.5 million BG offered Kovy we could have signed Recchi and Ricci, good 1st line and 3rd line depth.
A 3rd line of Bonk, Ricci and Bulis could have been very effective in both ends of the rink.
Marcel Hossa would 1st have to win the spot from teams best goal scorer (goals per games) last season, Pierre Dagenais. And Dagenais, as we have learned, is working on his weakest area skating with the prospects at the moment.
With Hossas performance in recent years I wouldn't even give him a spot in 4th line. He has to earn the spot in team. Hossa has to have a pretty damn impressive training camp, that's for sure.