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-"I want to re-sign Jordan. That's my intention. That's what I'd like to do." - Ray Shero on Jordan Staal.
-"It's tough to sign both. I hope we sign both. If we can sign both, it's a good chance to win again. Both are great guys." - Evgeni Malkin on Staal and Sidney Crosby (above).
-"Plenty of other teams know I have nine waiver-eligible defensemen. They are calling about our defense." - Shero admitting he expects to trade a blue liner before next season.
-The Penguins have extended or will extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents Matt Niskanen, Eric Tangradi, Keven Veilleux, Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo, Alex Grant and Carl Sneep. (PG+) The team did not extend offers to Mattias Modig, Boris Valabik, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Alexandre Picard.
-The Penguins haven't drafted many Europeans under Shero.
-Musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie wants to make a movie about the Broad Street Bullies days of the Flyers.
-The Senators re-signed defenseman Erik Karlsson to a seven-year contract worth a total of $45.5 million.
-The Red Wings re-signed forward Darren Helm to a four-year contract worth a total of $8.5 million.
-The Wild re-signed goaltender Josh Harding (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $5.7 million.
-Former Penguins defenseman Drake Berehowsky was hired as head coach of the Orlando Solar Bears, the Wild's ECHL affiliate.
-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is being investigated by the Hermosa Beach (Calif.) Police Department over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman.
-"The most successful drafting teams are still wrong a lot more than they're right." - Wild general manager and former Penguins executive Chuck Fletcher on the draft.
-The NHL's board of governors approved rule changes regarding covering the puck and using hands to play the puck off faceoffs.
-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will begin negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the NHLPA "“probably in the not too distant future.”
-Josh Harrison and Clint Barmes spark the Pirates' offense in a 7-2 rout of the Twins.
-Kevin Correia speaks:
-Clint Hurdle speaks:
-Could the Pirates switch their rotation?
-The minor league report.
-Mets outfielder and former Pirates all-star Jason Bay was placed on the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion.
-Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance.
-Former Steelers running back Mewelde Moore (right) signs with the Colts.
-LaDainian Tomlinson put up good numbers in his career, just not against the Steelers.
-Former Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress is still looking for work.
-Ravens offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie vows to show up to training camp in shape.
-Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata made the most money among any team athlete in professional sports over the past 12 months.
-Saints quarterback Drew Brees sort of compared Bountygate to searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
-The Titans and safety Michael Griffin agreed to a five-year contract worth a total of $36 million.
-Day six of Jerry Sandusky's trial.
-The Heat beat the Thunder, 104-98, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Miami has a 3-1 series lead.
(Photos: Malkin, Crosby and Staal-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Harding-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Moore-Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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