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-Jordan Staal (right) says thanks, but no thanks to the Penguins' offer for a 10-year contract.
-"There are so many players, it seems, whose names are involved in [discussions of] trades. That's good for the buzz, but it doesn't mean anything's going to happen." - Ray Shero on the potential for trade movements at the draft.
-Without Consol Energy Center, the draft would never have come to Pittsburgh.
-Evgeni Malkin joined Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier as the only players to win the Hart Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Award and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
-The Penguins' scheduled was released.
-Former Penguins forward Craig Simpson married former Canadian figure skater Jamie Sale.
-“The only unique quality about this draft is there is a boat load of defensemen. A disproportionate amount of defensemen compared to other years. There are more defensemen of potential impact than there have been in past years." - Devils director of scouting David Conte.
-“As far as a trade is concerned I’m not overly optimistic about anything happening here. When a player is available during the season you might have one or two teams you’re competing against. But there are a lot of teams here looking to make deals." - Hurricanes general manager and former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford on the potential for a trade at the draft.
-Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson shot down any suggestion his team would want to move up in the draft from the No. 2 pick to No. 1.
-Howson said he wasn't close to accepting any trade offers for captain Rick Nash.
-London Knights goaltender Michael Houser, a native of Wexford, took the long way to the NHL.
-“I think everyone wants to be first. You want to be first too. ... First is first.” - Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov on potenitally being the first overall pick in the draft.
-"I want to make the jump but I have a lot of work to do. But that’s definitely my goal." - Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray on potentially playing in the NHL next season.
-"Every day. Every minute. Every team asked me about it. If I were a GM or a scout and a guy didn't play a year with an injury situation, I probably would have asked the same thing, right?" he said. "Every answer was the same: 100 percent." - Sarnia Sting forward Alex Galchenyuk on his recovery from a severe knee injury.
-Several of the top prospects took batting practice at PNC Park yesterday:
-James McDonald leads the Pirates to an 8-1 rout of the Twins.
-Clint Hurdle speaks:
-Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were named to the All-Star Futures Game roster.
-Luis Heredia wows them at State College.
-The minor league report.
-Jets cornerback and Pitt/Aliquippa product Darrelle Revis is good people.
-The jury begins deliberations in Jerry Sandusky's trial.
-The Heat wins its second NBA title with a 121-106 rout of the Thunder.
(Photos: Staal-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Nash-John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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