Penguins make offer to free agent Doan


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The Penguins, continuing the push to round out their roster, have made an offer for unrestricted free agent Shane Doan, his agent, Terry Bross, confirmed Monday.

The team also is addressing its remaining restricted free agents.

Bross, by email, said that Doan "has interest" in the Penguins but does not have a timetable for making a decision.

Doan, 35, has reported offers from at least a handful of clubs and could opt to re-sign with Phoenix, where he has served as the Coyotes captain but became a free agent because of stability concerns with team ownership. Specifics of the Penguins' contract offer are not known.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma last week said the team liked Doan's attributes as someone who could play winger alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin on one of the top two lines. Doan would add size, skill and grit. He has 318 goals, 788 points in 1,198 NHL games.

Meanwhile, defenseman Brian Strait accepted his restricted free agent qualifying offer, agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal worth $605,000 at the NHL level.

Qualifying offers expired Sunday, although the deadline can be extended. General manager Ray Shero is on vacation, and it's not clear whether three others in this category -- winger Eric Tangradi and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant -- got a deadline extension or reverted to being restricted free agents.

It's believed signing them is mostly a formality.

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For more on the Penguins, read the Pens Plus blog with Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com and Twitter @pgshelly.


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