Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Report: First Day of Free Agency Transactions

WoooooSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2008

A full eight hours into the first day of free agency, the Pittsburgh Penguins have not made any big moves, but they have made some good moves.

The Penguins re-signed forward Pascal Dupuis this morning. Dupuis signed on for $1.4 million per year for three years.

Dupuis was "the other guy" in the Marian Hossa trade at this season's deadline, but his penalty killing prowess and hard-working style of play has evidently earned him an extension with the Pens.

Defense-man Mark Eaton also re-signed with the Penguins today. Eaton signed a two-year deal that will pay him $1 million annually.

Eaton has struggled with injuries in each of the past two seasons, but when he has been healthy he has been the Penguins' best defensive-minded defense-man.

His shot-blocking abilities have inspired the likes of Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang to model their defensive games after Eaton. Great signing for the Pens.

Perhaps the biggest story of the day in Pittsburgh was the announcement that the Pens had reached an agreement on a contract extension with Evgeni Malkin.

No official announcement has been made by the team as of yet, however, TSN, and every major newspaper in the Pittsburgh area are reporting that Gino has signed a five-year extension worth $8.7 million annually.

For everyone who wrote something saying "The Pens will trade Malkin" or "There isn't enough money for Malkin and Crosby and Fleury" or "Malkin doesn't even like Pittsburgh", you can now cut off your fingers and never type another sentence.

Or you can just pretend like you never really thought Malkin would leave and go about your usual business. Either way, I hate to say I told you so.

Though the Penguins did retain two of their free agents today, they also lost two.

Veteran goal-tender, Ty Conklin, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Conklin was huge for the Penguins this season. If it weren't for him, they would have been battling to make the playoffs in the last five games instead of playing for a division title.

Best of luck to Conkblock in Motor City.

The Penguins also lost forward Adam Hall to the Tampa Bay Penguins. Hall joins Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, and Michel Oulette on the list of former Pittsburgh Penguins now playing for Tampa Bay.

Hall signed a three-year $1.8 million annual contract with Tampa. He made $600,000 last season with the Pens, thus proving that money does in fact grow on trees in Tampa Bay.

The only new face in town as we near the end of the daylight hours of the first day of free agency is forward Eric Godard.

Godard, 28, signed a three-year deal with the Penguins, but monetary amounts of the deal have not yet been released.

Godard, who was undrafted, debuted in the NHL in the 2002-03 season with the New York Islanders. After three seasons in New York, Godard was signed by the Calgary Flames and has played there since 2006.

Godard is a 6'4" 214-pound native of British Columbia who is known for his physical style of play and willingness to drop the gloves.

Godard's acquisition could be a precursor to Georges Laraque leaving Pittsburgh. Laraque has not received an offer from the Penguins, and it seems unnecessary for the team to carry two "goons".

So that's it for the first eight hours of free agency. Still no word on Hossa or Orpik.

Something to keep in mind: Last July, Petr Sykora and Darryl Sydor were both signed at 2:00 AM. Anything can happen, and Let's Go Pens.