- Core: Should be signed long term (if they aren't already). Someone to build around.
Chip: Should be shopped around the league to fill in missing pieces. Keep 'em if feasable financially.
Crud: Should be gently but firmly ushered over the Clemente Bridge once their contract expires.
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Sergei Gonchar - signed through 09-10, $5 million cap hit
Ryan Whitney - signed through 12-13, $4 million cap hit
Brooks Orpik - signed through 13-14, $3.75 million cap hit
Hal Gill - signed through 08-09, $2.075 million cap hit
Mark Eaton - signed through 09-10, $2 million cap hit
Alex Goligoski - signed through 08-09, on rookie deal
Kris Letang - signed through 09-10, on rookie deal
Rob Scuderi - signed through 08-09, $0.713 million cap hit
Phillipe Boucher - signed through 08-09, $1.989 million cap hit
Gonchar - Chip (With thanks for services rendered...if he comes back at full strength, he's worth something to a team needing a PP quarterback. The Pens have several replacements.)
Whitney - Core (Signed long term. Hope he gets his act together.)
Orpik - Core (Signed long term.)
Gill - Crud (No offense, but there will be better ways to spend money)
Eaton - Crud (Not tradable. A tad expensive for a 7th D, but there are worse D-men).
Goligoski - Core (Gets paid before Letang. This season tells us if he can be Gonchar Jr.)
Letang - Chip (Gets paid after Gogo, so they can shop a year of his rookie deal to cash strapped teams. Not in a huge hurry to get rid of him, though.)
Scuderi - Core (Knows the system, can be counted on. Shouldn't break the bank.)
Boucher - Crud (Should teach Gogo and Letang everything he knows before leaving.)