Panthers Forward Gary Roberts is expected to make a decision at any time but the Penguins also have a few backup plans if trading for Roberts does not work out.

1. Georges Laraque/ Owen Nolan: Ray Shero is still in discussions with the Coyotes but their price has not lowered. The Coyotes are not only also asking for a #1 pick but as of late have called about the availability of Ryan Malone. The interest in Laraque is obvious but the mild interest in Owen Nolan is surprising. Don’t expect Nolan to become a Penguin. With the Roberts trade up in the air the Senators may turn their attention to Laraque and the Penguins could end up with out both.