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-Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Not Penguins.
-"We never got close to anything like that in terms of any sort a verbal agreement or any sort of negotiation." - Ray Shero on pursuing Parise or Suter.
-"I think I can play in any position on the power play. I can play the point. I can carry the puck in, or play the half wall or down low. I think just being able to punch me in anywhere they see fit might be a position they're going to look at." - Former Penguins forward Steve Sullivan on what he brings to the Coyotes.
-The Penguins signed former Maple Leafs forward Philippe Dupuis to a one-year, two-way contract. In 30 NHL games this season, Dupuis, 27, scored no points. He is not related to Pascal Dupuis
-“Obviously I was disappointed when (Tomas Vokoun) signed. We wall want opportunities to play in the NHL and that kind of solidified (Pittsburgh’s) goaltending situation. But looking ahead, my best opportunity was here.” - Brad Thiessen on his decision to re-sign with the Penguins.
-Don't expect the Penguins to sort through the free agent market scraps.
-Former Penguins defenseman Pavel Skrbek has joined Luleå of Sweden's Elitserien.
-The Lightning signed former Flyers forward Matt Carle (right) to a six-year contract worth a total of $33 million.
-“(Scout) Jiri Hrdina was over in the Czech Republic and he has known Jagr for a while, and he was a huge factor." - Stars president Jim Lites on how his team was able to sign former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr. Hrdina and Jagr were teammates in Pittsburgh during the early 1990s.
-The Pirates claim first place in the NL Central with a 6-4 win against the Astros.
-Neil Walker speaks:
-Alex Pressley is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
-The minor league report.
-The Astros trade outfielder Carlos Lee to the Marlins for minor league third baseman Matt Dominguez and pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
-Mike Adams said he's "up to speed" with the Steelers' offense.
-Former Raiders stars defensive lineman Ben Davidson passed away. He was 72.
-The NFLPA sues Roger Godell over Bountygate.
-Steve Nash heads to the Lakers.
(Photo: Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)
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