NHL Free Agency: 5 Bargains for Pittsburgh Penguins

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NHL Free Agency: 5 Bargains for Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have no money.

After breaking the piggy bank to upgrade the defense last summer and with the large existing contracts of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jordan Staal and Brooks Orpik, the Penguins have next to nothing left to acquire new talent this summer.

Even if the cap expands to the reported $62-63 million, they still won't be able to retain each of their own players with expiring contracts. Craig Adams and Nick Johnson have been signed, but Mike Rupp, Pascal Dupuis and Max Talbot each appear to be on their way out.

Replacing them with the kinds of role players needed to win in the playoffs is an underrated talent, and Ray Shero has made a trademark of doing so expertly in his time with Mario's club.

While the team will likely have to dip into Wilkes-Barre Scranton for talent and will want to re-sign some of the youngsters who impressed last year, there are still a few value pieces who can be had even with Pittsburgh's limited cap space.

Here are five bargain free agents to keep on the Pens' radar this summer—that is, if Ray Shero survives July 1 with any cash left in hand.

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