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Insider Only Morning Pens Buzz: Michalek’s prowess as a shot blocker was overlooked; Eligible for waivers, Jeffrey motivated to showcase himself to Pens, rest of league in camp, source says


— The NHL is reviewing details of Greg Jamison’s latest attempt to finalize the Phoenix Coyotes sale and if everything checks out and Jamison officially closes the sale like the Coyotes and Jamison now believe is just a formality, Jamison’s first big move as owner will be overpaying captain Shane Doan. While Doan has shown great patience in waiting on Jamison, he won’t be giving the Coyotes likely owner a hometown discount. Doan’s agent Terry Bross has set the stage for Doan to receive a four year deal from the Coyotes in the range of $22-$24 million.
— Don’t think the Penguins waiting on Shane Doan is holding up other potential impact moves. They know despite being on Doan’s shortlist, that he’s a big longshot to come here, even if the Jamison deal suddenly falls through again, but there’s just not a lot of trade opportunities out there for them and a number of teams right now.

— At the time, one clear evaluation from the Penguins first round series with the Philadelphia Flyers was that the Penguins desperately needed to add an avid shot-blocker to their blueline this off-season. Statistically they already had one. What the Penguins did was get rid of their best shot blocker Zbynek Michalek in a salary dump to clear cap space at the draft. Michalek had 144 blocked shots in just 62 games in 2011-2012, and projected over 82 games, he would have had 190 blocked shots last season, which would have ranked 4th in the NHL.
Dustin Jeffrey’s reps at CAA Sports spoke with Penguin management in June a few weeks prior to the draft of whether Dustin Jeffrey still fit into the Penguins plans. The Penguins informed Jeffrey’s reps at the time that he does fit into the Penguins plans but that remains to be seen as there’s little talk of Jeffrey being pegged by management as an internal option for a top-6 spot, so he appears destined to battle for a final roster spot. While Jeffrey would love for things to workout in Pittsburgh, he is motivated to showcase himself in camp to the rest of the league, a source says, as Jeffrey enters 2012-2013 on a one-way contract and waiver eligible.

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