Danny Markov to the Penguins?

Danny Markov, arguably the top UFA defenseman that hasn’t been signed yet, has supposedly been in talks with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rumors have him trying to get a two-year deal. If signed, he would likely play alongside countryman Sergei Gonchar.

http://www.forecaster.ca/thestar.com/hockey/extras.cgi?fantasy-spin-aug28-2007“The 31-year-old is reportedly mulling over a two-year contract offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as a one-year offer from Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian Superleague…
If he chooses to sign with the Pens, it could mean rookie rearguard Kristopher Letang will start the season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Or, it could possibly lead to a trade involving one of Pittsburgh’s established veterans–perhaps Brooks Orpik. Either way, look for Markov to be paired with countryman Sergei Gonchar if he chooses to remain at the National Hockey League level this season.”

I had wanted Markov before free agency even began, and wasn’t completely happy with the Sydor signing. I am shocked he is still available. However, the Penguins currently have a good mix of three offensive defensemen in Gonchar, Whitney and Letang (probably) and three defensive defensemen in Sydor, Orpik and Eaton. With Scuderi signed on as the 7th man (or 6th if Letang bombs), I’m not sure where I see Markov fitting in. Still, it would be a great depth signing in case of an injury to one of the above.


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