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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Penguins are 0-for-2 in attempts to sign impending free agents to new contracts.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik has rejected an offer from the team, his agent Lewis Gross said today. Specifics of the offer are not known, and Gross said he will continue talks with Penguins general manager Ray Shero over the coming days.

"We did receive and offer and we turned it down," Gross said. "We're still talking, and we'll see where it goes."

Orpik can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Gross said his client is not set on testing the open market.

Orpik is one of 12 players from the Penguins' Stanley Cup final roster set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Right wing Marian Hossa declined their multi-year offer at slightly more than $7 million annually last weekend. He told the Penguins they remain atop his list, but he plans to test free agency.

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