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Pens will be in market for blueliner

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins could be players on the NHL's free-agent market this summer.

While they'd like to keep blueliner Rob Scuderi, 29, who made $725,000 (all terms US) this season, he'll likely be off for greener pastures on July 1.

Sources say Penguins GM Ray Shero will try to sign another blueliner who can move the puck to take some of the pressure off Sergei Gonchar. The best blueliner available will be Florida's Jay Bouwmeester, but he's expected to sign in Western Canada.

Anaheim defenceman Francois Beachemin is a possibility. The Ducks would like to keep him, but the Penguins can sell free agents on the fact they've been to the final last two years and there's a strong chance to win in Pittsburgh.

Enjoying the view

Former Wings captain Steve Yzerman, now a VP in the front office, has enjoyed Detroit's playoff success. "I've always admired this group -- this particular team -- even going back to last year," Yzerman said yesterday. "We've seen it from this group for three years. Their resilience. The confidence ... There are no big egos. They don't say a lot. They come to practise and work hard. And they put together a performance that really comes from within them." Yzerman said he hasn't been surprised with the way G Chris Osgood has performed in the post-season. "With all the experiences he's been through, he appears to be much more even-keeled and level-headed," said Yzerman.

Emery arrives in Philly

The Flyers are expected to make the signing of G Ray Emery official today at a press conference in Philadelphia. Emery, 26, the former Senators netminder, will sign a one-year, $1.5-million deal. That will officially mean G Martin Biron is going to hit the UFA market. While the deal can't be officially signed until July 1, the Flyers are allowed to announce they have reached an agreement in principle with Emery, who spent last season in Russia's KHL.


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