Zigomanis will not return to Penguins next season

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Re-signing forward Craig Adams has guaranteed that the Penguins will not bring back checking-line center Mike Zigomanis for 2009-10.

Zigomanis' agent, Kurt Overhardt, said this afternoon that "I think it's a fait accompli" that he will not have any additional discussions with the Penguins about them retaining his client.

Zigomanis, who made $650,000 this season, will become an unrestricted free agent at noon Wednesday.

"He certainly was hoping for the opportunity to come back and re-sign with the Penguins," said Overhardt, who characterized Zigomanis as "a pretty solid fourth-line centerman."

Zigomanis filled that role effectively -- and was outstanding on faceoffs -- after the Penguins acquired him from Phoenix for what is believed to have been a nominal fee last October.

He suffered a shoulder injury in early December that had to be surgically repaired and did not play again, although his rehabilitation had progressed so quickly -- and well ahead of schedule -- that Zigomanis could have been used in the Stanley Cup final, if needed.

After signing Bill Guerin (one year, $2 million) and Adams (two years, $550,00 per season) yesterday, the Penguins have committed $51,218,300 to 17 players for the coming season. The NHL salary cap will be $56.8 million.


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