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Three Penguins sign qualifying offers

| Wednesday, July 31, 2002 12:00 a.m

Forward Ville Nieminen and defensemen Rick Berry and Jamie Pushor, all acquired in trades last season, have accepted qualifying offers from the Penguins for the 2002-03 season.

Nieminen and Berry were acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for Darius Kasparaitis on March 19. The Penguins received Pushor from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2003 fourth-round draft choice.

Nieminen, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Finland, had one goal, two assists and eight penalty minutes in 13 games for the Penguins. He had 24 points and 30 penalty minutes in 53 games for the Avalanche.

The 6-2, 210-pound Berry had two assists and 21 penalty minutes in 13 games for the Penguins after going scoreless for Colorado. Pushor (6-3, 218) and two assists and 30 penalty minutes in 15 games.

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