The Penguins first priority before addressing any trades seems to be signing Ryan Whitney to an extension before free agency begins. If Whitney would get a offer on the open market exceeding 4 million per season, the Penguins would be forced to trade Sergei Gonchar which they have no plans to do at the moment.
Penguins latest offer to Ryan Whitney has been a 4yr – 14 million deal…… More on this later
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Jonathan Filewich played a role in the Penguins letting go Michel Ouellet. Both had similar numbers in the minors, although Filewich may not have the scoring ability of Ouellet, the Penguins believe Filewich could be a main stay on the top 2 lines this season because of his speed and physical play.
Scott Hannan is looking like a long shot. He has rejected a 4yr deal worth 3.5 million per season from the Sharks and the Penguins will not go higher than 3.5 million per.
Danny Markov the Penguins other off-season target is a more logical choice given shorter terms of contract and less money per season.
The Penguins do have mild interest in Nick Boynton but will not claim him off waivers….
Just to sum it up Heres how i would rank the Penguins wishlist on defense…..
1. Scott Hannan
1A. Danny Markov
2. Cory Sarich
3. Aaron Miller
1. Barret Backman
2. Robin Regher
3. Nick Boynton ( last resort )