There's much talk about around the water cooler (i.e. websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, message boards) these days about what the Pens organization should do with their UFA's. People are undecided on which players they'd like to see return and which ones Shero should pay no mind. Pensburgh is doing a great job at comparing the players listed below and getting their readers opinions on who they'd rather have back. Another Penguins blog has surfaced and has offered their thoughts on free agency as well. We can expect much more chatter between now and July 1st. In the meantime, here are my thoughts.
If Gonch resigns you might see Kunitz dealt for cap space.
Reason for the update is because I forgot about the CBA for a players over 35.
This rule states that if a player signs a multi-year deal when the player is 35 or older, starting in the second year of the contract, that amount will count towards the team's salary cap regardless of whether the player is on the active roster or not. This is designed to keep teams from signing older players to lucrative front-loaded contracts, thus saving cap room, in which there is no expectation the player will actually play in the latter years.