Despite Mike Reilly declining the opportunity to visit with team officials in Pittsburgh last week when he visited with others, something that has been looked at as not boding well for the Penguins chances to sign the puck moving defenseman, the Penguins, though, have made Reilly’s final list of teams he is considering signing with, a league source confirms.
As other teams have been informed they are out, the Penguins have not received such a call to this point.
“We haven’t made a decision yet, so I wouldn’t say PIT is out,” a source close to the situation said of where the Penguins stand in the process.
Reilly has trimmed his list down from nine to four in the past 24 hours.
The Penguins, though, remain a pretty big long shot to land Reilly as Chicago or Minnesota remain the likely landing spot but after not being a team high on Reilly’s list prior to the process, Reilly’s friendship that he’s developed with Sidney Crosby in recent weeks sure hasn’t hurt.
Agents Pat Brisson and Jim Nice of CAA Sports are handling the process for Reilly. Both are as close as it gets to Crosby but Chicago not ending up with Reilly will be quite a surprise around the league.
In addition to the Blackhawks, the other two teams still being considered are Minnesota, Reilly’s dad is a minority owner and the Kings.
One thing very important to Reilly is said to be going into a stable coaching situation/system. Don’t get your hopes up Penguin fans.