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Insider Only Despite talk of getting younger, Penguins not ruling out a run at Joel Ward on July 1

joel ward The direction of where the Penguins off-season is headed has been all over the map based on players the Penguins are pursuing in trades and considering runs at on July 1.
Despite talk of Penguins wanting to get younger and saying they want to, they’ve been chatting it up with agents for players during the UFA window who are closer to 40 than 25.

One of the more notable names is Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward.
The Penguins met with Ward’s agent Peter Cooney on Thursday, discussing parameters and whether Ward has interest in Pittsburgh.
According to a source in the Ward camp, he has lots of interest in Pittsburgh.
Ward, though, is 34 years old and seeking a four year deal and wants to sign with a contender. However, The Penguins, according to a team source, are not ruling out a run at Ward on July 1.
The team expressed a willingness to the Ward that they’d certainly be willing to go three years. Numbers are not allowed to be discussed during the UFA window period.
Ward had 19 goals and 34 points this past season.

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