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Penguins notebook: Waiting game will play out early in draft

| Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — The Penguins face a long Sunday.

They do not pick until Round 3 of the NHL Entry Draft, which will play out over the course of one day at Prudential Center.

General manger Ray Shero would like to change that.

“I think it will be hard to get into the first round this year,” Shero said, citing clubs' lack of willingness to move first-round picks in an entry draft perceived as deep.

“But the second round, there's a chance we could get a second-round pick somewhere. If we could do that, I'd like to.”

Trades during the season for winger Jarome Iginla and defenseman Douglas Murray cost Ray Shero his first- and second-round picks.

Also, Shero said, trading a first-round pick for Iginla was less distressing because of a move he made one year ago. Shero's trade of center Jordan Staal at the entry draft last summer netted him an extra first-round pick, which they used to draft defenseman Derrick Pouliot.

Tenders coming

The deadline to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents is Tuesday. Shero said the Penguins likely will beat it, mostly because it is easiest to file the paperwork at the entry draft.

Wingers Tyler Kennedy and Harry Zolnierczyk, forward Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will be tendered offers, but Shero said he is hopeful of also reaching multiyear deals with some of those players.

Talks update

The Penguins and winger Pascal Dupuis are far apart on a contract that would prevent him from becoming a free agent Friday.

Shero and Allan Walsh, Dupuis' agent, met Friday. However, the Penguins believe Dupuis will test the open market — that is why they signed winger Chris Kunitz to a three-year contract Thursday.

They continue to negotiate with winger Craig Adams.

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