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Insider Only NHL: Penguins eye Elite Defenseman?

Do the Penguins have a strong interest in one of the league’s top defenseman?

A NHL source told me this weekend he‚Äôs hearing the Penguins will make a play for Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester during the season stating there‚Äôs a stronger chance the Penguins could acquire Bouwmeester than Marian Gaborik. Ray Shero and Jacques Martin have a very good working relationship and according to this source, Pittsburgh could easily fit Bouwmeester‚Äôs salary ($4.85 million) with Sergei Gonchar out indefinitely. Pittsburgh has the young defenseman to make this move and with the market not that strong with elite scoring wingers, that could fit into Pittsburgh’s salary structure, there are strong indications that the Penguins will look to load up their blue line for the stretch run

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