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-"I'm retired." - Penguins development coach Bill Guerin (above, left) joking about the search for a scoring winger to play with Sidney Crosby.
-Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin as well as former Penguins defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Darius Kasparaitis and forward Alex Kovalev will take part in a charity game to benefit victims of last year's plane crash which killed most members of the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl franchise.
-"I feel like I’m playing with a lot more confidence and it shows in my game." - Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington.
-The Penguins officially announced they re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Carl Sneep as well as forward Keven Veilleux to one-year two-way contracts. Sneep, 24, appeared in one NHL games last season and recorded one assists. In 40 AHL games, he recorded 10 assists. Veilleux, 23, missed all of last season due to a knee injury.
-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed defenseman Joey Mormina to a one-year AHL deal. Mormina, 30, appeared in 59 AHL games last season and scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists).
-After not getting drafted, forward Liam O'Brien is making the most out of his invitation to the Penguins' development camp.
-Philip Samuelsson speaks:
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assistant coach Alain Nasreddine speaks:
-Former Penguins forward/coach/broadcaster Ed Olczyk was named as a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame's 2012 class. He will be joined by Devils executive Lou Lamoriello and former North Stars/Stars/Red Wings forward Mike Modano.
-Former Mercyhurst defenseman Cullen Eddy has signed a two-year two-way contract with the Flyers.
-Former Robert Morris forward Trevor Lewis has joined the Reading Royals, the Capitals' ECHL affiliate.
-Florida signed undrafted goaltender Michael Houser, a native of Wexford, to an entry-level contract. Terms of the contract were not revealed.
-"I wanted it to work in Nashville, but the decision I made was to move on, and I’m sorry for the hurt that it has brought to David Poile and to the Predators.” - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter on his decision to leave the Predators as a free agent last week.
-The Red Wings and Maple Leafs will hold two separate alumni games in conjunction with the Winter Classic.
-The Sharks signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $21 million.
-"I would say if we don't have an answer by the 16th (of July) it may be time to get serious about listening to other teams' offers." - Terry Bross, agent for Coyotes captain and unrestricted free agent forward Shane Doan. The Coyotes ownership situation remains in flux and will impact Doan's decision on his future.
-According to CapGeek, the Coyotes have signed former Penguins forward Nick Johnson to a one-year two-way contract. Johnson is the fifth former Penguins player with the Coyotes. He joins head coach Dave Tippett, forwards Paul Bissonnette, Steve Sullivan and defenseman Zbynek Michalek.
-The Pirates are surprising a lot of people.
-The clock is ticking on signing Mark Appel.
-The minor league report.
-Blackhawk product Brian Omogrosso is living the dream with the White Sox.
-Ravens offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie claims he is "down" to 350 pounds.
-The full report from former FBI director Louis Freeh on Penn State officials will be released today.
-An editorial written by Joe Paterno was published posthumously.
(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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