Trade talks are heating up in Montreal and Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager has received a few calls about the negotiating rights of pending free agent Ruslan Fedotenko.
Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has a strong interest in luring Fedotenko to Minnesota and has made his interest known to the Penguins, that the Wild are interested in trading for Fedotenko’s rights, if talks between the Penguins and Fedotenko’s reps were to break down
The St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers are also keeping a close on the Fedotenko situation, although neither team will make a play for his rights according to a league source.
For now, Pittsburgh’s focus is on a new contract as a source involved in the talks has told TIOPS this afternoon that Fedotenko’s rights are not being shopped by the Penguins.
Ray Shero and Allan Walsh have just begun the first substantive talks on a new contract in Montreal today. The two sides are believed to be discussing a
two year deal, although the amount of money per season is unknown.
A team source indicated Pittsburgh was going to offer a deal in the range of $2.4 million per season but I spoke to Allan Walsh this afternoon via email and he told there is no truth to those “numbers at all” but didn’t refute that two years has been discussed.
Fedotenko made a salary of $2.2 million per season, and with Walsh declining to TIOPS that the offer is in the range of $2.4 per season, it has led to speculation that Pittsburgh’s offer could be higher.
If Fedotenko decides to test free agency and his intentions will be known within the next 48 hours, Pittsburgh will then explore the option of trading his rights to Minnesota.