February 13, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Make Offer To Shane Doan

An unconfirmed report indicates that the Pens have reached an agreement with the Capitals winger, but don't take that too seriously yet.

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Pittsburgh Penguins May Need To Make Deals To Sign Shane Doan

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a contract offer to free agent forward Shane Doan, but he's yet to make a decision on his future. Doan has spent his entire 17-year NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes, but their ownership situation is currently up in the air. Whether or not he wants to consider going to the Penguins (or any other team) could depend on whether or not the Coyotes' sale is finalized. If Doan chooses to leave, Pittsburgh might have to make some roster maneuvers to fit him into the team, writes PensBurgh.

If you include the three restricted free agents (RFA's) yet to re-sign with the team and discard defenseman Scott Harrington's contract, the Pens have 49 guys under NHL contract for the 2012-13 season. Simply put, adding Doan without moving someone else will give the Penguins no wiggle room for mid-season acquisitions. In years past, Shero has gone into the season with at least 1-2 spots open on the 50-man limit. This leads me to believe that in order for the Penguins to add Doan, they will need to make a trade to move some guys out of the organization or lose someone on waivers.

If Doan decides that a return to Phoenix is not in his best interests and that he should leave for greener pastures, Shero will probably have some work to do with the fringe players on his roster. The Penguins have a good deal of depth among their two-way player and AHL ranks, and could deal one or two players for lower-round draft picks to make room for Doan. And if no one's biting, Shero might just have to waive a player that actually has some value in order to add Doan.

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Shane Doan Rumors: Penguins Make Offer, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a little more veteran help and they could find it in veteran winger Shane Doan. According to a tweet by Shelley Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins have extended an offer to the Phoenix Coyotes veteran and there is interest on both sides.

Doan has spent his entire NHL career with the Coyotes, scoring 318 goals over his career. He has a total of 788 points in the regular season. In the playoffs this past season, Doan scored five goals in 16 games, helping the Coyotes reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.

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Not Yet Much Basis For Rumors Connecting Alexander Semin To Penguins

Reports around Twitter indicate that the Penguins have reached an agreement with Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin, but not so fast. These reports aren't coming from any credible source, as far as we can tell, and I haven't yet found a Pittsburgh reporter who's even talking about it.

The Pensblog calls these reports "questionable," which itself appears to be generous. These reports are connected to Sirius/XM and stretch back a couple of days, but Dan Rosen talked to Penguins GM Ray Shero on Monday, and it didn't even sound like there was anyone on the market Shero was even all that interested in, much less had signed.

Shero did mention there are a few guys (didn't name names), but it didn't sound like he's going bonkers pursuing them now.

In the meantime, then, there doesn't appear to be any credible reason to hang our hats on the idea that Semin is going to be a Penguin. Maybe it'll happen eventually, but we'll just have to wait on that.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.

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Penguins Free Agency 2012: Alexander Semin Will Sign With Pittsburgh, According To Report

On Thursday, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reported that former Capitals player Alexander Semin was interested in signing with the Penguins, but wanted to do so on a long-term deal. The Penguins were hesitant to do so due to Semin's inconsistent play and reputation as a player with a poor attitude.

However, it appears that Pittsburgh got their cake and can eat it too, as a report from Sportsnet indicates that the Penguins have reached an agreement with Semin for one year.

The report remains unconfirmed for now, but if it is the case, the Penguins have added an offensive threat to their team without much risk on their part if he doesn't work out.

UPDATE by Charlie Wilmoth: See here. These reports aren't just unconfirmed, they're pretty likely to be bunk. At this point, there isn't much of a reason to think that Semin has reached an agreement with the Penguins.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Alexander Semin Reportedly Interested In Signing With Penguins

With Zach Parise off to the Minnesota Wild and Steve Sullivan departed for the Phoenix Coyotes, the Pittsburgh Penguins are down to secondary options for scoring help. Whether it be through a trade or free agency, the team will be looking to add someone who can help them offensively, and Alexander Semin is still without a team. He's reportedly interested in playing for the Penguins, but he might not see eye-to-eye with the team in terms of his long-term value.

Semin would be a great one or two-year high salary gamble, perhaps with a large option at the end of the contract, but his inconsistent play and reputation as a guy with a poor attitude will make teams reluctant to sign him to a long-term deal. Eventually, Semin is going to have to bite the bullet and take a short-term deal if no one is interested in offering him terms that he deems favorable. But more likely than not, someone is going to take a chance on him.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Sign Philippe Dupuis

The Penguins announced on Thursday the signing of 27-year old forward Philippe Dupuis to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Dupuis spent his 2011 season with the Toronto organization, playing for the AHL Marlies.

If Dupuis makes his way to the NHL and sees the ice for the Penguins, the team will have an interesting problem on their hand regarding the name on his jersey. You see, Pascal Dupuis has been the sole owner of the Dupuis jersey in Pittsburgh during his time with the team. Now there are two players on the team named "P. Dupuis" and no, somehow they aren't related.

Philippe Dupuis has appeared in 116 NHL games for the Avalanche and Maple Leafs, scoring six goals and providing 12 assists. He has never appeared in a postseason game.

For more news and analysis on the Pittsburgh Penguins during free agency, visit PensBurgh. Still not enough hockey for you? Make sure to visit the SB Nation NHL Hub Page for all the latest news from all 30 teams as the free agency period heats up.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Phoenix Coyotes Sign Steve Sullivan

Free agent winger Steve Sullivan agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins after just one season with the team. Sullivan's deal with the Coyotes is worth $1.85 million plus bonuses, says Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

According to reports, Sullivan wanted to stay with the Penguins. However, Pittsburgh's pursuit of free agent prize Zach Parise put Sullivan and other moves on the back burner.

Another report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette echoed that, citing sources on Sullivan's side who claimed the player had to seek other options.

Sullivan scored 17 goals and 48 points for the Penguins last season. The team and fans will hope that losing him while waiting for Parise does not come back to haunt them later in the season.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Sign Minor-League Forward Warren Peters

The Penguins continued to shore up depth in the minor league system as the team signed 28-year-old minor league journeyman Warren Peters to a two-way deal.

Peters has been in professional hockey for 10 seasons yet has never appeared in an NHL game. Last season, he played with the Houston Aeros of the AHL where he racked up 15 goals and 17 assits in 62 games.

If he were to make the NHL team, his contract would shoot up to $600,000. He is a long-shot to see any playing time at the NHL level, so this signing seems to be one to add depth at the minor league level.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Sign Pittsburgh Native Dylan Reese

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to make small moves during the first day of free agency, as they announced the signing of former New York Islander defenseman, and Upper St. Clair native Dylan Reese to a one-year, two-way contract.

Reese, 27, has played parts of the past three seasons with the Islanders, where he has scored three goals and 14 assists in 74 career games.

Reese is an alumnus of Harvard where he played for four years after being selected by the New York Rangers in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL before the 2007-2008 season and played his way into a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Islanders.

He is the fourth player from the Pittsburgh youth hockey system to sign with the Penguins, joining Ryan Malone, Bill Thomas and Nate Guenin.

For more news and analysis on the Pittsburgh Penguins during free agency, visit PensBurgh.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Sign Forward Tanner Glass

The Pittsburgh Penguins added the former Winnipeg Jet to improve the team's back lines and penalty kill.

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