Penguins, Therrien to talk contract later
• 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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson to 1-year deals
- Penguins hire Agnew as assistant coach
- Penguins are saying captain Crosby’s right wrist may need surgery
- New Penguins winger Spaling files for arbitration
- New general manager Rutherford, Penguins in favor of short-term deals
- Former Predators winger Hornqvist embraces recent trade to Penguins
- Pens hope to reach long-term deal with Brandon Sutter
- Downie: Joining Penguins ‘made sense’