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-Brad Thiessen records his first career NHL win as the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets, 4-2. "[Marc-Andre Fleury] came and talked to me and said to just relax and play hockey." - Thiessen.
-Thiessen speaks, shaves:
-Thiessen became the 488th former ECHL player to reach the NHL.
-"Right now there's no deal out there for me that makes any sense." - Ray Shero on the trade deadline.
-Arron Asham is dealing with an "upper-body" injury. (PG+)
-The Senators acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Blues in exchange for a second-round pick in 2013. In 38 AHL games this season, Bishop has a 24-14-6 record with a 2.26 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and six shutouts. Currently in the final year of a one-year, two-way contract, Bishop signed a one-year contract extension with the Senators worth $650,000.
-Do the Steelers need an inside linebacker?
-The Chargers plan on keeping linebacker Takeo Spikes.
-The Buccaneers might put the franchise tag on kicker Connor Barth.
-Welcome back Nate McLouth.
-The Nationals signed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to a six-year contract extension worth $100 million.
-Twins pitcher Joel Zumaya is expected to be sidelined the entire season due to an elbow injury.
-Pitt drops its fifth consecutive loss at No. 17 Louisville, 57-54.
-No. 16 Wisconsin edged No. 8 Ohio State, 63-60.-Miami upsets No. 15 Florida State, 78-62.
(Photos: Blue Jackets/Penguins-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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