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Penguins notebook: Shero picked to help run U.S. hockey team

| Friday, June 28, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero speaks to the media, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins general manager Ray Shero speaks to the media, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Ray Shero's appointment as associate general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team was made official by USA Hockey on Friday.

Shero, the Penguins' general manager, will serve as a No. 2 to Team USA general manager David Poile, who was the associate general manager of the 2010 Olympic squad that earned a silver medal.

Shero was Poile's assistant general manager in Nashville before taking over the Penguins in May 2006.

Don Waddell, a Penguins scout, also will serve on Team USA's management team. USA Hockey will unveil Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma as the 2014 men's Olympic coach at a news conference in New York on Saturday, sources told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.

Chris Kunitz's long-term contract with the Penguins has not halted discussions between Shero and Allan Walsh, agent for right winger Pascal Dupuis. Walsh said talks are ongoing and that he and Shero likely would meet during the NHL Entry Draft weekend. Dupuis, 34, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 5. He projects as one of the top forwards available on the open market, with starting offers at four years and around $4 million annually. Kunitz, 33, agreed to a three-year contract extension, with a slight raise, Thursday.

• Shero said he has opened discussions with forward Craig Adams, one of seven players set to become unrestricted free agents. Adams, 36, has become a fourth-line and penalty-killing staple since the Penguins claimed him off waivers in March 2009. He is seeking a deal of at least two years. Adams counted $675,000 against the salary cap on his most recent contract.

• Winger Tyler Kennedy had not received a qualifying offer from the Penguins as of Friday morning, said his agent, Stephen Bartlett. Kennedy, one of four Penguins players who can become restricted free agents, must be tendered an offer by Tuesday or he will become an unrestricted free agent. Kennedy's qualifying offer would be for $2 million — same as his salary from last season — per terms of the NHL's labor contract.

—Rob Rossi

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