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Pittsburgh targets Knuble

According to multiple sources, including Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins are ready to pursue former Flyers’ forward Mike Knuble “Somewhat aggressively.”

Many believed that after signing Bill Guerin to a one-year, $2 million contact, that the Western Pennsylvania club filled its quota for a big, front of the net-type guy.  However, with Ruslan Fedotenko likely hitting the bricks, the Pens want a second big body in a top-six role.  The Penguins have roughly $4-5 million to spend and have yet to retain prized defenseman Rob Scuderi.  Knuble is looking for a deal upwards of 2-3 years, for at least $2 million a season, likely more.  Knuble made $2.8 million last season and commented to the media that the Flyers wanted him to take a “significant” pay cut and  be paid via performance conditions.  The Flyers were also only offering a one-year deal.

Keep in mind that Knuble is only a Plan-B if Fedotenko decides to test the market.  He may also be just a bargaining chip to Fedotenko’s agent, letting the Fedotenko camp know they have options to lower their price.

Knuble will turn 37 on July 4.  He scored 27 goals and 20 assists in 82 games with the Flyers last season.

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Fedotenko: it was tougher to play against the Flyers

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov published  Friday, Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Ruslan Fedotenko admits that despite losing the first two games of the second-round series against the Washington Capitals, playing Philadelphia was much harder.

“The Capitals have a lot of skilled players,” said Fedotenko, who is a former Flyer. “They try to beat you one on one. They convert on almost all their chances, especially on power play.  But I think that it was tougher to play against the Flyers, even if you cannot say so by [looking at the] score.”

Despite losing the series in six games, the Flyers pushed the Penguins to the brink. They let a late lead slip away in game two and watched a three-goal lead disappear in game six.  The Flyers also failed to convert on eight power play chances in game four, in which they lost 3-1.

However, when asked the same question, forward Evgeni Malkin stated that Washington’s speed makes them tougher to face.

“Every round is getting more difficult,”  said Malkin. “It is a long season and the fatigue is accumulated. And all games are every other day. And Washington is playing quicker than Philadelphia.”

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