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Penguins, Therrien to talk contract later

Thursday, July 3, 2008

• General manager Ray Shero said Wednesday that talks with coach Michel Therrien about a contract extension have been shelved until at least later this month. Therrien has one year remaining on his current deal, which was extended by one season last summer. "We talked briefly after the season ... and we realized we played so late that the most important thing was our players," Shero said. "We'll get to (extension negotiations) at some point, see where we are and make some decisions."

• Shero would like to extend the contract of center Jordan Staal, who has scored 41 NHL goals before his 20th birthday. Staal will play in the final season of his three-year entry level deal. His agent, Paul Krepelka, said recently that neither he nor the Penguins feel rushed to reach an extension agreement. Staal will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009.

• Shero acknowledged contacting representatives for free-agent right wing Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday, but said he has never presented an offer to the former Penguins' star. Jagr spent his first 11 NHL seasons with the Penguins, for whom he is the second all-time leading scorer. His agent is Pat Brisson, who also represented current Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

• Left wing Jarkko Ruutu agreed to a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $3.9 million. Ruutu spent the past two seasons with the Penguins, scoring 13 goals and recording 32 points in 152 games. The Penguins were not willing to give Ruttu, 32, terms beyond two seasons.




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