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10 Best Quotes from Media Day

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The NHL All-Stars held their media availability on Friday afternoon. Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan gathered the 10 best quotes on the day (in no particular order).

Evgeni Malkin on if James Neal will show him around Nashville:
“He texted me last night. I’m not sure if he’s awake right now.”

Malkin on not playing Alex Ovechkin:
“’Ovi’ is not here. But maybe I’ll play with (Evgeny) Kuznetsov. He’s a little bit better.”

Malkin on playing with other All-Stars:
“I’m here because I want to play with (Jaromir) Jagr, (Claude) Giroux, superstars. I want to give a pass to Jagr and (have him) score. He was my hero when I was growing up. I watched how he played. He’s an amazing player and he's here. It’s an amazing time.”

Vladimir Tarasenko on Malkin:
“He’s a really smart, skilled player and I think he’s one of the best in the world, for sure. So it’s nice to see the way he plays. He’s got really good hockey sense. And I think all components of his game are really good.”

Kris Letang on being named an All-Star:
“Every time you get named to the All-Star Game it’s an honor. You like to see your name next to theirs. Going through all of that in the last few years, it’s fun to see that I went through it and I’m still able to play at that level.”

Letang on being star struck:
“Today I have a chance to see Jagr and guys I watched growing up. You want to learn different things about different guys, how they are as a person. On the ice you’re known as someone, but off the ice you’re another person. … Growing up I wore 68 every time I had a chance to wear that number. It’s fun to be next to him and play next to him.”

Letang on playing 3-on-3 as a defenseman:
“It’s the first time that you don’t have to care about defense. Most teams will play man-on-man because there is so much room. So it’s the only time you can actually be in front of your forward and not have to come back fast.”

Brandon Saad on he and John Gibson being the first Pittsburgh-natives in the All-Star Game:
“It’s pretty amazing. In our draft class (2011) we had a lot of guys that got drafted into the NHL from Pittsburgh. Now to both be at the All-Star Game is pretty surreal.”

Saad on playing with players he admired as a youth:
“It will be exciting. They’re guys I watched growing up as a teenager. Skating at the facility this summer and being around some of those guys. To be on the same team now, interact with them, it will be exciting. A lot of people back home in Pittsburgh are excited about it. Getting to meet them and be around them is great.”

Gibson on playing with players he admired as a youth:
“It’s cool. Those guys that we looked up to from a Pittsburgh standpoint, seeing them, hopefully that can be us or me one day. Not just Brandon and I, but the other Pittsburgh guys. Giving hope and giving kids dreams. So they can say ‘these guys did it, why can’t I?’”

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