Pens GM Ray Shero and J.P. Barry met today in person for the first time since Gonchar’s camp made a contract proposal over the weekend. The Penguins have been hopeful for progress to be made in talks but that hasn’t been the case yet.
No movement towards a new deal came out of today’s talks, according to a source close to the situation. However, it doesn’t appear both sides are ready to break off talks yet.
No new talks are currently scheduled but a source in Gonchar’s camp says negotiations will “probably” continue into this weekend.
“We aren’t there yet, ” J.P. Barry the agent for Gonchar told Inside Pittsburgh Sports, when asked whether the two sides have established parameters that both sides agree on. The dilemma now facing the Penguins is whether to close the door on signing Gonchar and begin shopping Gonchar’s rights. Team sources say there are no plans at this time.
Pittsburgh I’m told told has offered Gonchar a two year deal believed to be about $10.5 million that will pay Gonchar close to $6 million per season in 2010-2011.
Gonchar’s camp is seeking closer to $11.5 – $12 million on a two year deal, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned.
more to come