I am sorry, but I have to agree with the mill here. Your salaries might as well be helium weather balloons. Also, some notes on the players you mention:
- Hossa – One word: Winter. Winter is Hossa’s agent, who is very well known among NHL circles as the equivalent of a Vampire on roofies. Hossa is guaranteed not to return. The Penguins Shero has openly said that the last offer he gave Hossa is the last and firm offer (meaning he will not make further changes). If the offer is not good enough now, how good do you think it will look when the other teams start opening up wallets and trying to outbid each other for his services in the open market?
- Federov – why in the world would the Penguins need his services, let alone want them? Absolutely ridiculous. They are overflowing with younger, faster centers, and they certainly have no need for setup men. Federov as a winger, well…might as well give the job to a younger guy with less salary cap for the same expected output.
- Streit – Not only does his defensive side lacks what the Penguins need, but they are overflowing w/ offensive defensemen. If anyone is going to take up a roster spot as offensive defensemen other than the ones already in the lineup, it would be Goligoski who’s waiting in the wings for an injury or some kind of trade to get NHL work (with Pens or not).
- Redden – the only way Redden will land in Pittsburgh is if he decides beyond doubt that wants to play for the Pens and no other team, regardless of money offers. This is highly unlikely knowing Redden and his dislike for the players in a Pens uniform (the feeling is mutual).
- Stillman – he will consider himself lucky if he can last 3 seasons in this NHL without getting bought out. Problem is that if he gets bought out, he wil not ever find a NHL player job.
- Ryder & Naslund – actually have a chance of landing in Pittsburgh, but more than likely it will be a player like Huselius to do so.
- Straka has proven to be devious and shifty on the ice with the Rangers, the problem is that he does not put enough pucks in the net for the Pens to really get enough out of him. With age being a concern, regardless of how durable he is, he simply is not likely to return to the Pens.
- Rolston – is probably the best the Pens can do in free-agency to obtain someone to replace Malone in certain aspects. But many problems here, among them his age and the fact that he wants back with Minnesotta and the Wild feel the same about Brian.
- James – he is an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. Why would he want to come back to Pittsburgh is beyond me. For one, the Pens have plenty of players of his caliber or better ahead of him for an NHL spot. Not only that, but if teams feel he is worth it, he will get better pay and better chance with another team. The Pens would have him as a filler in WBS, but that decision is up to James only, and the Pens are not really worried in losing him. They have plenty of players ahead of him in the list of possible stints in the NHL. James probably had his last change at that now.
- Conklin – Even bigger guarantee to be gone from the Pens. This is Conklin’s one and only chance at cashing in free-agency from a carrier he resurrected. You really think he would even think about returning to Pittsburgh.
In short, the vast majority of the players you mentoned are simply not real solutions and simply not worth pursuing from the Pens point of view. Good decent writing, but you need to do a lot more research next time.