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Latest Penguins Rumblings

— Penguins Defenseman Trevor Daley will be a Detroit Red Wing Saturday afternoon when the clock strikes 12:01 p.m. The Daley camp cut off talks Friday with other finalists and informed those clubs he will be signing with the Red Wings.

As mentioned here the last couple days, he was going to get a 3-4 year deal and the deal with Detroit is at least three years and some chatter it could be a four year deal in the $12.5-$13.5 million range.


— There’s considerable interest in Chris Kunitz but hearing the Kunitz camp is not 100% certain what type of offers are actually going to be coming in until they do. The expectation is Kunitz will have multiple two year offers in the $2.75-$3.25 million per range but Kunitz doesn’t have a deal lined up yet.

A lot of teams chasing him are also chasing Patrick Marleau who is a higher priority for those clubs. Chicago is likely out of the mix for Kunitz with Patric Sharp going there.

Toronto is interested but won’t make a move until a decision is made from Marleau.

League sources say Dallas, Calgary are two intriguing teams hot after Kunitz with failed attempts from Dallas to sign Justin Williams and Calgary missing out on Sharp.

Minnesota’s trade today with Buffalo doesn’t make Minnesota a likely landing spot for Kunitz now, a source says.


— The Penguins believe Matt Cullen is strongly weighing the possibility again of signing with the Minnesota Wild and that it’s Minnesota or retirement for Cullen. Pittsburgh, though, also felt Cullen was signing with Minnesota last July 1 and that didn’t play out so we’ll see where that goes again.


— The speculation might have been fun for fans and pundits but the Penguins had zero contact with Joe Thornton’s camp during the interview period, a source confirmed today. The Penguins did have contact with free agent centers Martin Hanzal, Brian Boyle and Sam Gagner early in the week, but by Tuesday the Penguins crossed all three off their list as potential targets. Boyle has offers pending in the 3-4 year range, Gagner has a three year deal lined up with the Canucks and Hanzal is seeking a five year deal.


— The two sides are not their yet but some small movement Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"


— Pittsburgh believes they have a deal lined up with Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"


— Pittsburgh has expressed interest in defenseman Ma Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

One trade scenario for the Penguins that could go down tomorrow with an Eastern Conference team is predicated Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"


— Pittsburgh’s best offer to Nick Bonino?

Hearing it was 3 years Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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