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Bill Cowher’s Daughter to Marry Kevin Westgarth

From Canada.com’s Bob Duff:

A little bit of NFL mixed in with some NHL and a hint of hoops.

That’s the formula for an upcoming celebrity wedding.

On Aug. 12, Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth will tie the knot with his fiancee Meagan Cowher.

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Penguins Sign Forward Steve MacIntyre

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Steve MacIntyre to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

MacIntyre’s contract is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

MacIntyre, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, spent the 2010-11 season with the Edmonton Oilers, collecting one assist and 93 penalty minutes in 34 games. Both his games played and penalty minute totals were NHL career highs for the 30-year-old forward.

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Dustin Jeffrey to Two-Year Deal

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Jeffrey’s contract is a two-way deal in 2011-12 and a one-way deal in 2012-13.  The contract has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.

Jeffrey, 23, is coming off a season where he saw the most extensive NHL action of his professional career. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward established NHL career highs across the board in games played (25), goals (7), assists (5) and points (12) before his season was cut short due to a torn ACL March 24 at Philadelphia.

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Crosby Donation Leads To Renovation at Children’s Hospital

From the Canadian Press:

A donation from Sidney Crosby has helped Nova Scotia’s largest children’s hospital expand and renovate a lounge used by teen patients.

The hockey superstar dropped by the lounge Wednesday at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He spent two hours talking to young patients and staff during the low-key event.

“It was a really special day for the kids,” Brad Jacobs, vice-president of development for the IWK Foundation, said Thursday.

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Penguins Make Depth Signings

The Penguins continued tweaking their Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rosters, signing big defenseman Boris Valabik, re-signing goalie Brad Theissen and according to TSN, defenseman Alexandre Picard.

Valabik’s deal is a two-way deal worth $550K, Theissen’s is a two-way worth $525K and Picard’s deal reportedly is a two-way worth $600K.

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Judas

From Pittsburgh’s 105.9 The X’s Mark Madden:

The Penguins offered $2m. Detroit offered more.

But Philadelphia offered 30 pieces of silver. Tailor-made for a Judas.

I’ve always hated when Pittsburgh fans booed Jaromir Jagr every time he touched the puck as an opposing player. But now he’ll richly deserve it, and then some. Maybe he deserved it all along. Joining the ONE TEAM a Penguins legend should NEVER join shows how little regard he has for his Penguins legacy, and indeed for Mario Lemieux.  Forget the alumni golf outing. Forget retiring No. 68. Forget all the pleasantries exchanged. Jagr is dead to me. He should be dead to you. Dead to the Penguins. Dead to Mario.

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Ray Shero Press Conference

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Tyler Kennedy

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tyler Kennedy to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Kennedy’s contract will run through the 2012-13 season and has an average annual value of $2 million.

Kennedy, 24, is coming off the best season of his four-year career after establishing single-season highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (24), points (45) and power-play goals (7). In seven postseason games, Kennedy added two goals and one assist.

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Penguins Withdraw Offer to Jagr

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins withdrew their one-year, $2 million contract offer to free agent Jaromir Jagr Friday morning.

“We made what we thought was a very fair contract offer to Jaromir on Tuesday, based on his stated interest of returning to the Penguins,” said Ray Shero, the team’s executive vice president and general manager. “We made our best offer from the start, given our salary cap structure, in an attempt to facilitate a deal. But now, after several days, with an extended time frame for making a decision, and additional teams getting involved, we have decided to move in a different direction. It was never our intention to get involved in a free agent bidding war, and we have to focus on our team.

“Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history, and we wish him all the best.”  For more information please check http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com and the Penguins’ official Facebook and Twitter page.

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Arron Asham

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Arron Asham on a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal is worth $775,000.

Asham, 33, recently completed his first season with the Penguins. The veteran winger was one of Pittsburgh’s top performers during the postseason, leading the team with three goals and tying for the team lead with four points in seven games.

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