Penguins Rumors: Latest Free Agent Updates and Trade Chatter

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IJuly 5, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Mike Gillis of the  Vancouver Canucks and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins discuss matters during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins had a quiet day highlighted by the re-signing of Craig Adams, and the addition of defenseman Rob Scuderi, because they made their major moves before the start of free agency.


UPDATE: July 5, 2013 5:53 p.m. ET

The Penguins made a smart move re-signing veteran fourth-liner Craig Adams. Adams is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, and a great dressing room leader.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 4:17 p.m. ET

There has been another confirmation of the Penguins' interest in Dan Cleary.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 3:55 p.m. ET

The Penguins have some interest in UFA Dan Cleary according to Craig Custance. Cleary is a solid bottom six player, and is a potential replacement for Craig Adams.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 12:23 p.m. ET

Rob Rossi of the Tribune has been told that the Penguins are not talking to MacArthur despite other reports.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 12:17 p.m. ET

The Penguins are interested in Clarke MacArthur according to multiple sources.

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Ray Shero is a whimsical general manager who builds his team in an interesting way. He loaded Pittsburgh up at the 2013 trade deadline, and his numerous acquisitions didn't pan out. His response to this failure was deciding to bring back many of his impending free agents.

The Penguins have made it a point to secure the core of their roster for the next few years, but there is a catch. Shero will have to assemble the rest of his lineup with players that come at a friendly price tag.

There are some players who the Penguins may like to add because of talent, but the NHL is now a world with a hard salary cap that limits the divide of the haves and have nots.

Shero is a master negotiator and he delicately re-upped the big boys, but how will he round out the rest of the Penguins roster? Will Shero raid the WB-Scranton cupboards for fresh-faced prospects who make a minimal stipend? 

Will he make some trades, or will he attempt to be a thrifty free-agent shopper?