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Insider Only Talbot might be emerging as a priority but Pens have yet to reach out to his camp

Source: 3 years not being ruled out for Talbot
The Penguins are just in the “preliminary stages” of formulating a plan to attack their large group of free agents, holding brief discussions over the weekend, but some buzz coming out of Penguin circles is that Max Talbot, the youngest of the Penguins group of unrestricted free agents, is emerging as a priority from the Penguins brass.
Longtime Penguin beat writer Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette further hints of that writing, “an individual with knowledge of the situation professed this afternoon to be “pretty certain” that such talks { with Talbot} will get going “shortly.”
However, whether Talbot’s emerging as a priority hasn’t been made known to Talbot’s reps at CAA sports as they haven’t heard from the Penguins yet but do expect to talk in the coming weeks.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet with Pittsburgh, “…

Jim Nice, the agent for Max Talbot informed me this afternoon, following the report that could today about the possibility that talks could begin shortly.
Nice though is expecting to address Talbot’s situation with GM Ray Shero at somepoint in the next couple weeks. “I imagine {that} we’ll address it in the coming weeks, ” Nice said.
Nice and high profile agent Pat Brisson will negotiate Talbot’s next deal. Clarification on whether that’s in Pittsburgh or elsewhere won’t be known for at least a few more weeks and possibly beyond.
Talbot has been thought of as the most likely Penguin to leave as some league officials believe he will net a contract upwards of $2 million per season due to his strong reputation as a clutch playoff performer.
However, others I’ve talked to around the league are much more “skeptical” in regards to that talk.
I categorize info coming out as very “preliminary” but what’s being relayed to me is that the Penguins going three years to lock up Talbot at a feasible salary can’t be ruled out.
One team source predicted the Penguins will show an interest in offering a very similar deal that they gave Pascal Dupuis in the summer of 2008 (3 years – $4.2 Million).
Talbot made $1.05 million in 2010-2011 and has the first opportunity of his career to hit the open market.

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William DePaoli

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