Pittsburgh Penguins: Should They Bargain or Go Bold in Free Agency?

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Pittsburgh Penguins: Should They Bargain or Go Bold in Free Agency?
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Brad Richards - The bold free agent move the Penguins need??

NHL free agency begins July 1, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have a clear idea of where they need to spend money this year: forwards, most notably on the wings. This is evident because the Penguins have a full compliment of defensemen and goalies under contract for the 2011-12 season.

The question facing Pens GM Ray Shero is whether to go bargain shopping or try and make a bold splash in the free agency period. History suggests that he will choose the bargain route, but I know you didn't come to BleacherReport.com to just read what you already know!

This article will take a look at some "bargain" guys and some "bold" guys, weighing the pros and cons of each. So let's take a look at two players from each side of the argument and assign the chance of him signing in Pittsburgh and his potential impact here.

For the benefit of the article, we can assume that the salary cap is going to go up to $63.5 million. That would mean the Penguins have a little more than $7 million in open room. Since we're going all the way on this one, there also is the possibility of clearing cap space via trade.

Now, on to the slides!!

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