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Penguins haven't ruled out Martin, Ehrhoff: report

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have not made a decision about re-signing pending unrestricted free agents Christian Ehrhoff, Maxim Lapierre or Paul Martin, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.

"I don't want to cross anybody off the list because you don't know what happens here in the next month," Rutherford told the newspaper.

Only forward Craig Adams will not be re-signed, the report said.

Multiple reports have said the Penguins would not try to retain defensemen Ehrhoff and Martin, or forward Lapierre.

Martin's agent told the Tribune-Review he believed Pittsburgh remains an option when free agency begins July 1.

"No decisions have been made yet on Paul and the Penguins," Ben Hankinson told Trib Total Media. "Not ruling out coming back."

Martin has played five seasons for the Penguins; the 34-year-old had 20 points (three goals) and was plus-17 in 74 games this season.

Ehrhoff, 32, signed a one-year contract as a free agent last offseason; he had 14 points (three goals) and was plus-8, but was limited to 49 games by injury.

Lapierre, 30, was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 27 for forward Marcel Goc. He had two assists and was minus-13 in 35 games with Pittsburgh.

The Penguins' season ended with a five-game loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

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