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Ward: Staal kept it close to the vest

RALEIGH — So there apparently were no pre-draft deals between All-Star captains Eric Staal and Niklas Lidstrom when all was said and done.

When Staal won the first pick of the draft with a flip of a puck, he didn't hesitate to pick his Carolina teammate, goalie Cam Ward, at the NHL Fantasy Draft held at the NHL Fan Fair in the Raleigh Convention Center Friday.

Teams are set for Saturday's Honda NHL SuperSkills competition and Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, all to be held at Raleigh's RBC Center.

Ward said Staal made no promises beforehand.

"No, he didn’t," Ward said, after the draft was completed. "That’s why I was worried I might have to sweat it out in there, but fortunately he chose me. I didn’t have to sit down and soak through my shirt."

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