Official Guide to The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2010 Offseason

May 16th, 2010 by J.R. Liput Leave a reply »
On Friday afternoon the Pittsburgh Penguins cleaned out their lockers for the last time at Mellon Arena, leaving behind only memories and questions of what the future holds.

It's never easy to move on after a loss such as the Pens suffered Wednesday night, but it's time to start looking ahead to what promises to be an eventful offseason.

The Pens enter this year's offseason with eight unrestricted free agents— Bill Guerin, Sergei Gonchar, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jordan Leopold, Matt Cooke, Jay McKee, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Mark Eaton.

The biggest name on this list is undoubtedly Sergei Gonchar.

The 36 year-old defensemen has spent his past five years with the Penguins, averaging .80 points per game, 25:13 time on ice per game, and became one of the team's unquestioned leaders, albeit a silent one.

His calm, cool, and collected demeanor has greatly helped in leading the young Penguins' maturation process. As Pittsburgh's captain Sidney Crosby put it, "He's a quiet guy, so he probably doesn't get talked about as much for being a leader, but he's definitely an important leader on our team. His calmness rubs off on everyb ...

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