The mystery of NHL free agency has to be Andy Sutton and Danny Markov still being on the market. Both are quality defenseman but are asking for to much money and until their demands come down a bit, both will be without a team.
Markov rejected two offers on the first day of free agency.
Pit offer – 2 years – 6 million
Chicago – 2 year 6 million
When the Calgary Flames signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a 5 year – 18 million deal on July 1st, Markov’s demands went up to at least 3.5 million per season. In the early hours of free agency his agent was seeking 2-3 years at 3 million per season. After he rejected the Penguins offer, the Penguins moved on and signed Daryl Sydor. 18 days later Markov is still on the free agent market as few teams are willing to meet his demands. Blame it all on Cory Sarich. The Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders are interested. Prediction: Detroit.
Andy Sutton, a number 3 defenseman at best is looking for four million per season. That’s not a joke. He has turned down offers from the Devils (3yrs – 9 million) and the Sabres in recent weeks. Offer from the Sabres unknown. When Sutton’s demands finally come down, Washington would be a great fit. They made some upgrades upfront and could use a defensive defenseman to help out the aging Olaf Kolzig.
Latest Penguins Buzz
Penguins to sign Eddie Belfour? According to sources Eddie the Eagle will sign a 1 year deal worth 1.1 million with incentives that can reach 1.5 million dollars. Belfour posted a 27-11 record with the Panthers last season.
Anyways, regarding a real rumor, there has been some speculation today that the Penguins are close to adding another backup goalie. I’ve been hearing its Alex Auld but it hasn’t been confirmed.