Will Brian Gibbons be the Penguins first pending unrestricted free agent to resign?
He has the best odds to when it comes to pending UFA’s who were on the roster during the post-season, though, no deal is imminent.
Gibbons is among the very few select group Jim Rutherford has expressed an early interest in resigning, team sources say.
Gibbons made his mark in the playoffs on the penalty kill and as a player who could fill in different spots in the lineup at various times.
The previous coaching staff felt Gibbons had the potential to be a regular on the third line. Former head coach Dan Bylsma called Gibbons during the post-season, one of the fastest players in the NHL.
There is a sense among some in Penguins management that the league is evolving back to where guys like Gibbons can excel.
Gibbons seeks a one-way contract. Discussions are planned at the draft.
ORPIK IN, SCUDERI OUT?
The Penguins have not closed the door on resigning veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik, a source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Pittsburgh is likely to make Orpik a three year offer before July 1.
Brooks Orpik agent Lewis Gross declined comment on where talks stand with the Penguins.
Orpik is believed to be seeking a four year deal.
Orpik resigning with Pittsburgh would have a domino effect on Rob Scuderi who Pittsburgh has not ruled out moving to clear cap space.