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09-17-2010, 05:29 PM
Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 Training Camp Outlook

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 7:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling

By Jason Seidling
CONSOL Energy Center will make its long-awaited debut this week as the Pittsburgh Penguins will have the chance to christen their beautiful new facility when the team begins its 2010 training camp with the first practice Saturday morning.

Expectations will be high for the 2010-11 campaign thanks to a talented quartet of offseason additions that join a strong returning core, which once again includes reigning “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), former Art Ross and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Stanley Cup-winning netminder Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594).

During the Penguins’ chase for a fourth Stanley Cup championship, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will be the No. 1 source for all things Penguins related with in-depth features, game recaps, videos from PensTV and daily blogs. We begin our ’10-11 coverage with a preview of the top storylines heading into camp.

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After finishing last season ranked 20th in the National Hockey League with a 2.87 goals-against average, general manager Ray Shero’s No. 1 priority during the offseason was to strengthen the team’s defensive corps.

Shero did that in a big way on July 1 when he inked free agents Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) (Phoenix) and Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) (New Jersey) each to five-year contracts.

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Playing alongside Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) is no doubt one of the best gigs in the NHL, and it’s a job that has been held the past season and a half by Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) and Bill Guerin. Kunitz is back to resume his role on the left side, but Guerin’s departure to Philadelphia creates an opening on right wing.

Among returning players, Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) figures to have the inside track at the outset of camp. Dupuis, who has played off and on with Crosby since arriving from Atlanta in February of 2008, is coming off of a strong season which saw him post 18 goals and 38 points, both the second-highest totals of his career. Dupuis’ hard shot – especially with the improved accuracy he displayed last year – and speed are a good mesh with Crosby’s talents.

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Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) were strong additions defensively, but replacing Sergei Gonchar’s offensive prowess won’t be easy. Gonchar posted 50 or more points during each of his four full seasons with the Penguins, and he was the quarterback and calming influence on the power play.

As the Penguins’ young core continues to mature, leaders such as Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) should be able to make up for Gonchar’s lost intangibles. Offensively, young blueliners Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) and Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) are going to have to continue where they left off in the postseason.

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Penguins center Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) enters the ’10-11 regular season riding a 302-consecutive regular-season games played streak.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that streak will hit 303 games.

Staal is expected to miss all of training camp and the beginning of the regular season after having a follow-up surgery to cure an infection that developed following a surgery to further repair a lacerated tendon in his foot. The original procedure was done following Game 2 of the Penguins’ semifinals series with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Let’s face it, whether it is the players, coaches or fans, things are going to feel at least a little strange for everybody in the early going as we all get used to CONSOL Energy Center. But that should be expected after the franchise spent the first 43 years of its existence across the street at the Civic Arena.

The process of turning CONSOL Energy Center into “home” and making it a tough place for opponents isn’t going to happen overnight. In fact, don’t expect it to be something that will be complete by the end of training camp either.

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Sergei Gonchar and Bill Guerin were not just strong players on the ice for the Penguins, they were also instrumental in helping captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) off the ice as alternate captains thanks to their veteran experience.

But Gonchar skated off to Ottawa as a free agent and Guerin is attending Philadelphia Flyers camp on a tryout basis, leaving at least one alternate captain spot open.

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On one hand, most of the Penguins’ core of talented superstars are all in their early 20s and quite capable of handling a heavy workload.

On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how young your legs are – when you play 303 hockey games over three seasons (including postseason), it’s bound to catch up to you at some point.

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Read the following sentence carefully a few times, allow the words to sink in and then think just how remarkable they are.

Penguins No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) enters the 2010-11 season at just 25 years old.

Now that you have read and re-read that several times, let me tell you the above statement is not a misprint.

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Professional sports is all about marquee matchups. As far as hockey goes, there’s nothing that can compare to the Penguins with Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) battling Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

By most experts’ opinions, those three superstars represent the top-three hockey players in the world. As out-of-this-world as each performs on an almost nightly basis, it seems like they save their best hockey for when they play each other.

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Last season the Penguins saw several players step forward and post some of the best numbers of their careers, while others saw their numbers drop off a bit for one reason or another. For a team like the Penguins to navigate its ways through the grind of an 82-game regular season and then pick up the 16 postseason victories that are required to win Lord Stanley’s Cup, they need strong contributions from everyone along the way.

Whether it’s Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) staying healthy and getting his production back to the 110-point level or Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) again chipping in with another 18 goals, it’s going to be a team effort that is going to lift the Penguins where they want to go.

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09-17-2010, 05:43 PM
Penguins Report: Training Camp Opens
Friday, 09.17.2010 / 8:00 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
"It's a great day for hockey." - "Badger" Bob Johnson

Those famous words of legendary Penguins coach "Badger" Bob ring true once again as the 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins training camp officially began Friday morning.

The players reported for duty at CONSOL (pronounced kun-SAHL, like in consolidated) Energy Center at the crack of dawn to undergo medical evaluations and fitness testing. There will be 57 attendees this season, fighting for a spot on Pittsburgh's roster.

( Click here to download the full training camp roster - PDF)

The Penguins will take the ice for the first-ever practice at CONSOL Energy Center Saturday morning. In fact, the team's Saturday and Sunday practices are open to the public and free of charge. So get down here and take a look at the new team and new building.

Jason Seidling has an in-depth preview of the upcoming camp/season. He has narrowed in on 10 intriguing storylines to keep an eye on throughout camp and the year:

1. The new beefed up defense with Michalek and Martin
2. Possible replacement for Guerin to play wing with Sid
3. Replacing free agent departure Gonchar
4. Opening the season without Staal
5. On establishing a home-ice advantage at CONSOL Energy Center
6. Possible new alternate captain
7. Rested and rejuvinated team
8. Fleury's upcoming campaign
9. Winter Classic
10. Rebounds and Encores

Follow our day-long blog, as we cover the team's first day of camp!!!


Follow this link to see all the pictures, videos and quotables from the first day of camp!

09-18-2010, 11:24 AM
More pictures and reports from the second day of training (the first practice skate at the Consol...open to the public today and tomorrow).

Penguins Report: First CONSOL Practice
Saturday, 09.18.2010 / 8:00 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan




10:49 AM:
The 10 a.m. scrimmage is over. Here are some highlights (courtesy of Jason Seidling):

First Period
16:50: Chris Collins was all on alone on a breakaway but Brent Johnson made a nice right-pad save.

4:22: GOAL! Arron Asham found his own rebound behind the net. He got the puck to Maxime Talbot, who found Mark Letestu on the doorstep. Letestu buried the shot.

0:44: Zbynek Michalek boards Talbot, giving him a penalty shot. But the puck rolled off of Talbot's stick before he could get a shot on goal.

Second Period
7:32: Crosby and Dupuis carry the puck on a two-on-two. Crosby draws in both defensemen and slipped the puck to Dupuis in front of the crease. Dupius made a move to his backhand to get Modig down on the ice, then sneaked a shot under his stick. The puck rolled along the goal line and hit the post. The ref ruled "no goal" and the fans weren't very happy.

1:00: Michalek was tripped by Collins. Crosby was awarded a penalty shot (Group B was not too happy). The crowd went crazy in anticipation. Crosby sent a hard wrist shot off the mask of Modig.

0:00: The game ends with Group B taking a 1-0 decision on Letestu's goal.

Note: Cooke and Asham have looked good together, and seem to have some quick chemistry in all three zones. See what happens when you "hug it out."

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09-19-2010, 06:57 PM
Day 2 of training camp

Penguins Report: Training Camp Day 2
Sunday, 09.19.2010 / 8:00 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
That's a wrap. Day 2 of training camp is in the books. Here is the skinny from the day:

- The Tangradi-Comrie-Malkin line looked great at their first scrimmage (2:36 PM).
- Group B finished a perfect 2-0 in camp scrimmages following a 2-1 shootout win over Group C. Mark Letestu was again the hero of the day. A few other observations from the scrimmage at (11:26 AM).
- Sunday was Dan Bylsma's 40th birthday (2:34 PM).
- Brooks Orpik talked about his health after summer surgery (12:59 PM).
- Bylsma pinpointed a few players that have impressed him in camp thus far (1:18 PM).
- Evgeni Malkin is taking on a more leadership role by talking with the media (1:33 PM).
- The fans once again lined up early to see their favorite team practice (9:17 AM).
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2:36 PM:
Jason Seidling took a look at how the Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin line has looked in camp so far. Spoiler alert - the answer is pretty good.
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2:34 PM:
Sunday was head coach Dan Bylsma's 40th birthday. A couple of the players thought about pulling some Bday pranks. See how that turned out here.
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1:37 PM:
Prior to their practice session a few Pens players, including forward Chris Kunitz and defenseman Zbynek Michalek, took time to meet with some fans at CONSOL Energy Center.

Much, much more pics, quotables and vids here...http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=537945&navid=DL|PIT|home

I'm loving these training camp articles so far!

09-19-2010, 10:55 PM
I'm so behind on reading all this stuff but damn if it doesn't keep popping into my head during the day that hockey is just around the corner.

I think I'm gonna piss myself when it actually gets here.

09-20-2010, 12:56 AM
Wednesday baby...Wednesday! Preseason starts!

I'll hook you up with a game link if I find one, but chances are a lot of them are going to be radio feeds only.

09-20-2010, 01:47 PM
Yeah, Hockey!!!

09-20-2010, 02:05 PM
Day 3 Tidbits:

Scrimmage Highlights:

11:20 AM:
The Crosby-Malkin scrimmage ended with Malkin's group (C) taking a 2-1 victory. Here are the highlights (courtesy of Jason Seidling):

First Period
12:54: There was a penalty called on Walker. Malkin was awarded a penalty shot. He made a move to his forehand but Thiessen stopped the shot with his right pad.

10:37: GOAL! Veilleux got the puck to Sterling atop the far circle. Sterling ripoed a wrist shot, top shelf, over the shoulder of Thiessen (Wagner awarded the second assist).

6:50: GOAL! There was a rebound at the feet of Thiessen. Sterling was there to knock it into the net for his second goal of the game and tournament.

Period 2
18:30: Brent Johnson was under siege early. Potter made a great play at the near point to create a shot for himself. Johnson made the save and squirmed along the ice to stop Veilleux's rebound chance.

10:04: Kennedy has looked unreal. He skated like it was Game 7 of the Cup Final. Kennedy was flying on the ice, getting into scrums and creating chances. He was rewarded for his efforts by getting a chance to play on Malkin's line. Malkin carried the puck down the midde and found Kennedy cutting down the right side. Kennedy sent a backhander just over the net.

5:31: GOA! A hooking penalty gave 2009 first-round pick Simon Despres a penalty shot. The smooth skating defenseman skated in on Fleury and beat him with a wrist shot just under the glove. The score made it 2-1, and things got more interesting.

1:20: Group A pulled netminder Brent Johnson for the extra attacker.

0:04: With time running out Brooks Orpik sent a desperation shot towards the goal. The puck slid untouched through the crease, around the corner and out of the zone to seal the game.

0:00: The game ended with a 2-1 victory for Group C, thanks to two goals from Brett Sterling.
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10:37 AM:
Here are the line combinations and D-pairings the Penguins are using this morning during the scrimmage between Sidney Crosby's Team A and Evgeni Malkin's Team B.

Group A
N. Johnson-Craig-Wallace


Johnson (backup)

Group C


Fleury (backup)

Coachspeak with Bylsma:

12:55 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma.

On the team’s health:
We have been (relatively healthy), but we’re at the point in camp now we’re it’s evident. We’re starting to get fatigue and that’s playing into what you see on the ice a little bit, both in practice and in (scrimmages). We need to make sure we give the appropriate rest to players while trying to get the work.

On Ray Shero’s extension:
I think it’s well deserved when you see what Ray has done here and what he continues to do, both in getting good players and building a team and a nucleus and foundation for what the Penguins are and how they play. I’m certainly happy for him.

On the Penguins’ organization:
I think there’s a clear understanding of what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin. Whether you’re a staff member, a coach or a player, there is something distinct and unique about that. And in a very short period of time, I think that’s happened with our organization. And I think it translates into what you see on the ice. That’s unique. There’s a clear understanding of the players and the people and how we do things and what it means to be a Penguin. It’s not an easy thing to do, but [Shero]’s done a very good job with that.

On Wednesday’s game being the first ever game at CONSOL Energy Center:
That the game on the 22nd is the first game in this building definitely played into some of the decision about the lineup. I think Sidney Crosby should be in that game, being the first game. And other guys like Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik who have been with the organization for a long time, they are playing in that game because of that reason. On top of that, we really have three different types of games here. The first two are where players will get opportunities to get exhibition games. The second two are still more opportunities, but guys will have earned those games, and maybe the competition and some of the spots on our team will be playing out based on how the first two games go. Then five and six will be more of getting down to our team and situations for players to see themselves in.

On taking in the first game:
I’m really looking forward to seeing the building full, and see a National Hockey League game in here and seeing the energy and excitement and what it will be like. I just have a feeling that this game will different than a normal preseason game will be.

On Letestu:
Mark Letestu played games as our third-line center last year when he played in the National Hockey League. He was put in a playoff game because we were trying to win and he was a guy we thought could help us do that. So to see him on a line with Cooke and Asham is an indication of what we think a possibility for him to have success would be in.

On Tangradi:
Eric Tangradi is a guy we think can be a top-six guy or a winger with a good center-man and another good winger, and he’s getting that opportunity.

On his plans for camp:
The great thing about training camp is that every day it’s planned out and you execute that plan. There’s not really an adjustment to that plan for five or six days. So in terms of getting things done, it’s very planned out. The work and the drills and the pace that we have is planned out to get the work and the necessary conditioning in. Giving players and certain scenarios time to play out is all scheduled out. To this point, we feel pretty good about the first three days of planning.

On having NHL guys competing for spots:
I think it’s important. There are certain scenarios in a player’s career where they have a heightened sense of competitiveness, like contract years, coming to camp on a tryout, going to a new team, there are areas where you have a heightened sense of competitiveness. When you have that, that’s where you want your players to be. Having 12 players in camp and everyone’s assured of their jobs doesn’t provide that. So having depth and players that can compete for different opportunities and spots is important, especially in a short period of camp. We need to get competition and people need to earn their spots or move up in the organization – whether its from Wilkes-Barre to Pittsburgh or moving up in the lineup.

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09-20-2010, 11:09 PM
Wednesday baby...Wednesday! Preseason starts!

I'll hook you up with a game link if I find one, but chances are a lot of them are going to be radio feeds only.

Thanks Mom. Looks like I'll need those feeds even though I purchased the hockey package.

It looks like forking over the extra money doesn't cover preseason. :banging:

09-20-2010, 11:41 PM
Yeah...I know I read somewhere that at least two of the PS games will be televised, the others I believe are just going to be radio broadcast. That goes for us here in the 'burgh as well.

The radio broadcasts are easy to find though, they are in the multimedia section of the Pens homepage (on NHL.com). I'll be checking ahead of time which ones are televised and which ones aren't though.