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    Penguins To Open Camp Thursday
    The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their training camp for the 2007-08 season on Thursday.

    The first day will be for physicals, testing, and meetings at the UPMC facility on the South Side. The first on-ice practice session will be Friday at 9 a.m. at the ICEOPLEX at Southpointe.

    The Penguins will remain at Southpointe through Sept. 16 before hitting the road for two preseason games and then moving camp to Mellon Arena. All practices at the ICEOPLEX at Southpointe will be open to the public and free of charge; in addition, practices on Sept. 19, 20, and 27 at Mellon Arena are also free and open to the public. The Penguins will make a return trip to West Point for on-ice, off-ice training sessions and team building exercises from Sept. 24-26.

    The Penguins will open the preseason schedule in Montreal with two contests on Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Penguins will also visit Detroit on Friday, Sept. 21, before returning home to play their first home preseason game vs. Detroit on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The club will round out the preseason skating against the Buffalo Sabres in a home-and-home series, beginning in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 28, in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Buffalo.

    The Penguins open the 2007-08 regular season in Carolina on Friday, Oct. 5, before returning to Mellon Arena for the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 6, vs. the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks.
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    Pens Win Opener At Rookie Tournament
    KITCHENER, ONTARIO – Dustin Jeffrey’s goal – his second of the game – with just 31 seconds to play forced overtime, and Tyler Kennedy netted the lone shootout goal, to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 come-from-behind victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Kitchener Rookie Tournament on Friday night.

    The win gives the Pens a 1-0-0 record in the four-team, round-robin tournament heading into Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers. The host Panthers posted a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day.

    The Penguins spotted the Leafs a 4-0 lead after just 21 minutes of play, and fell behind by a 5-1 margin early in the third period, before rattling off four goals in the final 12 and a half minutes of regulation to force extra time.

    Darryl Boyce, Robbie Earl and Geoff Walker gave Toronto a 3-0 lead after the first period, and Anton Stralman extended that 57 seconds into the second.

    Mark Letestu got the Penguins on the board at 4:09 of the second, taking a Tyler Kennedy feed and popping it into the upper corner.

    The score remained 4-1 until Walker picked up his second of the game five and a half minutes into the third period to reestablish the four-goal cushion.

    It was all Penguins from there though, as Jeffrey (two goals), Kris Letang and Alex Grant found the back of the net.

    Kennedy was the only player to score in the shootout for either team, as goaltender David Brown stopped all three Maple Leafs shots he faced in the one-on-one portion of the night. The rookie netminder from Notre Dame stopped 26 of 31 shots during regulation and overtime.

    NOTES: Scratches for the Penguins were center Matt Caria and defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Jean-Phillippe Paquet…Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone were designated alternate captains for the Penguins…The Penguins will face the host Florida Panthers on Saturday at 2 p.m., and square off with the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at 2 p.m. The third and fourth place teams from the round robin portion of the tournament face off in the consolation game Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., while the first and second place finishers meet for the championship at 6 p.m. that evening…Florida defeated Ottawa, 2-1, in Friday’s first game.
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    More than 30 years after Slap Shot was first screened, those goony Hanson brother characters are still popular, especially with NHL players like Eric and Jordan Staal. Their knuckles wrapped in foil, Steve and Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson joined the Staals at the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday to promote EA Sports NHL '08
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    Tyler Kennedy is hoping to impress the Penguins' organization at the prospects tournament and earn a spot on the team's roster for this season.
    Kennedy appeared in just 40 games last campaign with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, but he managed to net 12 goals and add 37 points, while capturing the club's Rookie of the Year honors. He suffered a sports hernia that cased him to miss most of the year. Kennedy scored the only marker in the shootout to give the Penguins' prospects a 6-5 win over the Maple Leafs' prospects on Friday night.http://rotoworld.com/content/clubhou...HL&majteam=PIT
    I hope Kenndy makes the roster. he would help us.

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    Penguins Win Second Game At Rookie Tourney
    KITCHENER, Ontario – For the second day in a row, the Pittsburgh Penguins spotted the opposition an early multiple-goal lead, but ended up skating away with a victory, as they downed the Florida Panthers, 6-3, at the Kitchener Rookie Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

    The win upped the Penguins’ record to 2-0-0 heading into Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, while Florida fell to 1-1-0.

    The Panthers opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game, as David Brine beat goaltender John Curry from close range for his first of the tournament.

    Brian wasted little time in picking up his second goal, netting a power play tally at 2:52 as Jonathan Filewich sat in the penalty box on a tripping call.

    Tim Wallace pulled the Penguins to within on goal at 4:15 of the first, but Keegan Dansereau regained the two-goal cushion for the Panthers at 9:35.

    Pittsburgh controlled the second period, using goals by Filewich, Kyle Rank and Alex Grant to take a 4-3 lead into the third period.

    Unsigned draftee Brian Ihnacak and third-year pro Ryan Stone added goals in the final frame to complete the Penguins scoring.

    NOTES: Scratches for the Penguins were Kris Letang, Tyler Kennedy and Kevin Henderson…Pittsburgh served as the home club in the game…Aaron Boogaard and Tanner Glass fought to a draw following Ihnacak’s third period tally.

    FIRST PERIOD

    Scoring: 1. FLA – Brine (Dansereau) 0:40; 2. FLA – Brine (Dansereau, Aston) 2:52 – PP; 3. PIT – Wallace (Caria, Caputi) 4:15; 4. FLA – Dansereau (Brine, Henry) 9:35

    Penalties: PIT – Filewich (Tripping) 2:08; PIT – Boogaard (Roughing) 7:13; FLA – Syvret (Interference) 12:59; PIT – Stone (Tripping) 13:25; PIT – Boogaard (Roughing) 20:00

    SECOND PERIOD

    Scoring: 5. PIT – Filewich (Muzzin, Letestu) 7:56; 6. PIT – Rank (Caputi) 8:56; 7. PIT – Grant (Wallace, Jensen) 11:02

    Penalties: FLA – Matthias (Hooking) 2:44; PIT – Ihnacak (Hooking) 16:41

    THIRD PERIOD

    Scoring: 8. PIT – Ihnacak (Grant) 5:55; 9. PIT – Stone (Grant, Jeffrey) 8:15 PP

    Penalties: PIT – Cuthbert (Interference) 1:03; FLA – Shantz (Interference) 1:47; PIT – Rank (Hooking) 2:09; PIT – Boogaard (Fighting) 5:58; FLA – Glass (Fighting) 5:58; FLA – Duco (Slashing) 6:44; FLA - Syvret (Hooking) 12:28; PIT – Wallace (Hooking) 16:07

    SHOTS 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    FLA 10 9 11 30
    PIT 13 10 16 39

    SCORING 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    FLA 3 0 0 3
    PIT 1 3 2 6
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    Good win for us

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    Penguins' fives
    Can Erik Christensen become a top-line scoring wing?

    Either scoring-line center Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin would benefit greatly from having a sharpshooting option on the wing. Christensen, a natural center, believes his sweet shot will provide him a chance to be that option. However, his past performances as a winger have proven suspect at best.

    How ready for prime time is Kristopher Letang?
    A rare right-handed shooter among Penguins' defensemen, Letang possesses the skill to provide a potent offensive attack with another big gun. The concerns with Letang focus on his professional inexperience and defensive zone awareness. Make no mistake: Each of those concerns is legitimate. Rare is the consistent 19-year-old defenseman in the NHL.

    Will Jonathan Filewich make the most of his opportunity?
    Michel Ouellet was shown the door during the offseason, which opened a vacancy for the scoring-line wing spot he held most of last season. Filewich, the Penguins' most proven goal-scoring prospect, is seen by many within the organization as a suitable replacement for Ouellet. In fact, some suspect he will prove an upgrade.

    Is Dany Sabourin a legitimate No. 2 goaltender?
    Sabourin impressed during camp last season -- so much that general manager Ray Shero brought him back to Pittsburgh as a free agent and declared him the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury. Sabourin has appeared in 14 NHL games, or slightly less than he might see this season.

    Where do Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi fit in?
    There is little doubt that these young Penguins will once again look to Roberts, 41, and Recchi, 39, for veteran guidance. A lack of proven scoring wingers could mean that the club's elder statesmen also will be counted on to provide more offensively than can perhaps be reasonably expected.
    Five players to watch

    Jonathan Filewich
    The spot that formerly belonged to Michel Ouellet seemingly will be Filewich's to lose. Filewich scored 52 goals the past two seasons in the AHL, including a team-leading 30 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year. His speed is deceptive and his hands are sure. He is a young and inexpensive natural scoring winger, and the Penguins are a team that desperately needs one of those.

    Petr Sykora
    The Penguins signed Sykora to do what Nils Ekman could not -- help take advantage of the other-worldly talents of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. At a bargain, they might have found the perfect man for such a task. Sykora has never failed to score at least 20 goals during a season in which he has played at least 70 games. He is coming off a season in which he tallied 22 for offensively challenged Edmonton.

    Angelo Esposito
    He was No. 20 at the NHL Entry Draft, but No. 1 in the hearts of Penguins brass, which considered this enormously gifted forward a steal so late in the first round. Esposito possesses speed to burn and cannot be taught. A groin injury has rendered him a long shot to make the club; he will likely return to his Junior club in Quebec. Still, Jordan Staal parlayed a strong camp into a roster spot last season, and that turned out well for the Penguins, right?

    Ryan Malone
    Quietly, Malone turned in a strong finish last season. He seemingly found his place playing on a line with Maxime Talbot and Colby Armstrong. Fans constantly complain that Malone does not make the most of his potential, and it is true that he has never scored 25 goals in a season. Maybe he never will. This camp could prove to be Malone's last chance to show the Penguins he can become a consistent top-line contributor.

    Tim Brent
    Do not sleep on Brent, acquired via a trade with Anaheim at the NHL Entry Draft. Sure, the Penguins have a few handfuls of more promising forwards, but only a couple of them are right-handed and none of them play in the middle. A strong camp by Brent could pave the way for him to center a checking line.
    Five things to determine

    Marc-Andre Fleury's consistency
    Entering the final season of his contract, Fleury's performance is expected to equal his enormous potential in what is setting up to possibly be a breakout season. He was great at times last season, especially in shootouts, and good at times in the playoffs. But for the Penguins to return to the postseason, let alone extend their stay, Fleury must become an upper-echelon goaltender to rival New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.

    Sidney Crosby's linemates
    Crosby led the NHL in scoring without the benefit of a legitimate scoring threat on his wing last season. A quick glance at how the roster figures to shake out shows he still does not have anybody to play Kevin Stevens to his Mario Lemieux. These Penguins are Crosby's team, and he could better lead them deep into the playoffs if somebody shows he can prove a worthy first mate to the captain.

    Evgeni Malkin's cultural adjustment
    Malkin spent most of his summer in Europe, which is another way of saying he probably did not brush up on his English. Last season Malkin, a Russian, was given a free pass by team officials, fans and the media on adapting to the North American game and culture. This season he will be expected to improve upon an outstanding 85-point rookie season and have something to say about it in a language that he is said to understand, though does not often speak.

    Defensive stability
    Free-agent acquisition and two-time Stanley Cup champion Darryl Sydor could team with offensive force Sergei Gonchar, but he might best serve the Penguins as a calming presence alongside prospect Kristopher Letang. Either way, Sydor figures to improve a defense that was exposed by Ottawa's skilled forwards in the playoffs. But he is only one man and can do just so much. What if Letang is not ready? What if Ryan Whitney's wrist is not healthy? What if Gonchar starts very slow instead of just Gonchar-slow? Those are a lot of what-ifs, and no mention of Mark Eaton -- as in, what if he does not return to pre-injury form from last season?

    Chemistry
    Coach Michel Therrien often praised his mostly young players for believing in one another during the Penguins' stunning 47-point improvement last season. He will likely spend much of this camp reminding those players that last year means nothing. The Penguins will start the season with a target on their crests. They are now the hunted. How they band together in the light of this sharp contrast from Therrien's first training camp with the club last season could determine whether the Penguins match last year's strong start or stumble out of the game as they did in 2005-06. The difference could seal their postseason fate.
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    Optimism abounds at Penguins' camp
    KITCHENER, Ont. - Entering his second season as general manager of the Penguins, Ray Shero knows what went right last season, when his club surged to a 47-point improvement and its first playoff berth in six years.

    Sidney Crosby transitioned from the NHL's most hyped player to its best.

    Jordan Staal shocked the hockey world and nearly was the game's top rookie.

    Evgeni Malkin shocked nobody by being the game's top rookie.

    Sergei Gonchar re-established himself as a premier offensive defenseman.

    Ryan Whitney established himself as one, too.

    Marc-Andre Fleury's 40 wins offered evidence to suggest he will become a franchise-caliber goaltender.

    Mark Recchi continued to produce significant points.

    Gary Roberts blended in perfectly as a trade deadline acquisition.

    Role players such as Maxime Talbot and Colby Armstrong tormented as penalty-killers.

    And coach Michel Therrien pushed all the right buttons.

    Each of those men will be with the Penguins this season, increasing the optimism surrounding the team as it sets to open training camp on Thursday.

    "We haven't had a lot of changes from last year," Shero said. "I think we will come together quickly (in camphttp://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/rss/s_526473.html). We have our core group together and we have good people."

    But?

    "Well, I am not of the adage that just because you are a year older you are a year better. We are going to have to be ready as a group ... because, quite honestly, nobody (cares) about last year."

    Certainly, that will hold true in cities such as Ottawa, Manhattan and Philadelphia.

    This past weekend, Shero eagerly awaited the opening of veteran camp as he watched prized prospects such as defenseman Kristopher Letang and forward Jonathan Filewich get an early jump at a rookie tournament. Those two players are ones to watch in the weeks preceding the regular-season opener in Carolina on Oct. 5, as they are legitimate contenders to win a roster spot.

    Of course, Shero will also be watching his young stars such as Staal, Malkin, Whitney and Fleury -- if, for no other reason, to see how they respond to raised expectations.

    "These guys are still young players," Shero said. "Look at Crosby last year. He took his summer to get better, improve a few things, and he did.

    "There are areas where these younger players need to improve upon to get better ... but it is not a one-year window here."

    Unlike this time last season, though, the Penguins' window of opportunity is definitely open.
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    Senators Top Penguins At Rookie Tournament
    KITCHENER, Ontario – Goaltender Ryan Daniels recorded the first shutout of the weekend as the Ottawa Senators posted a 3-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects at the Kitchener Rookie Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

    Kaspars Daugavins and Alexander Nikulin recorded two points apiece (1+1) for the Senators.

    Daniels, who ranked fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 37 victories last season, stopped all 36 Penguins shots he faced en route to the victory. The win allowed the Senators (2-1) to overtake the Pens (2-1) for the top spot in the tournament standings by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    The victory guaranteed the Senators a spot in the championship game on Monday evening. The Penguins were awaiting the result of the Florida-Toronto game at 6:30 p.m. to see if they would be facing off with Ottawa for a second day in a row. Should the Panthers defeat the Maple Leafs by four goals or more, Florida would take the other spot in the final.

    Nikulin scored on the first shot of the game, beating David Brown from close range for his second goal of the tournament. Defenseman Derek Smith upped the margin to 2-0 in the second period, before Daugavinis finished off the scoring in the third.

    The Penguins played without Ryan Stone, Jonathan Filewich and Jake Muzzin.

    FIRST PERIOD
    Scoring: 1. OTT – Nikulin (Donati, Waugh) 1:40

    Penalties: PIT – Letang (Interference) 8:37; OTT – Bench (Too Many Men) 10:29; OTT – Weller (Hooking) 11:21; PIT – Boogaard (Fighting) 17:40; OTT – Johnson (Fighting) 17:40

    SECOND PERIOD
    Scoring: 2. OTT – Smith (Daugavinis, Nikulin) 7:22

    Penalties: PIT – Bortuzzo (Roughing) 2:56; PIT – Boogaard (Fighting) 8:05; OTT – Waugh (Fighting) 8:05; PIT – Coria (Interference) 8:51; OTT – Festerling (Holding) 16:07; PIT – D’Aversa (Fighting) 20:00; OTT – Bass (Fighting) 20:00

    THIRD PERIOD
    Scoring: 3. OTT – Donati (Daugavins) 10:53

    Penalties: PIT – Paquet (Hooking) 5:02; OTT – Weller (Tripping) 8:36; OTT – Marshall (Hooking) 17:02; OTT – Johnson (Boarding) 18:04; OTT – Johnson (Hooking) 18:04; PIT – Jensen (Roughing) 18:04

    SHOTS 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    OTT 8 7 10 25
    PIT 8 17 12 37
    SCORING 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    OTT 1 1 1 3
    PIT 0 0 0 0http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=336903&page=NewsPage&service=page
    To bad we lost but we aren't expect to win all games. hopefully we win the next game.

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    Ryan Stone is impressing Penguins brass at the rookie tournament.
    Stone has one goal and three assists in two games thus far, and will look to translate that performance into a roster spot during the main camp. The Penguins do have a spot or two up for grabs. While he does have an offensive upside, his fantasy value will be limited should he make the team.http://rotoworld.com/content/playern...lter_teams=PIT
    I hope Ryan Stone will make the club after main camp is over with.

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    Penguins' Letang sure he's 'ready this time'
    Expected To Make Team; Standout Junior Has Packed Bags For Lengthy Stay

    KITCHENER, Ont. - October can be a chilly month in Pittsburgh.

    While the days tend to be sunny and brisk, the temperature can dip to a frosty 5C in the evening. Walking without a coat is not advised.

    Last year, Kris Letang found that out the hard way.

    When the Penguins defenceman attended his first training camp last September, the Montreal native thought he would be in Pittsburgh for a mere two weeks. So he packed shorts, T-shirts and not much else. But to his surprise, Letang stayed until the day before Halloween.

    "I'll be more ready this time," he said prior to scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 6-5 overtime shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a prospects game on Friday.

    A year after Letang unexpectedly made the Penguins roster and played seven regular-season games, the 20-year-old is no longer a long shot to play in the NHL.

    In January, he captained Team Canada to third consecutive gold medal at the world junior championship. And with the Val d'Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he topped all defencemen with 31 points (12 goals and 19 assists) in 19 playoff games.

    No wonder more than one scout has predicted that Letang, who was drafted 62nd overall in 2005, will be a contender for the Calder Trophy this season. But first, said Penguins head coach Michel Therien, the offensive defenceman has to make the team. "You can't say it's his position to lose," Therien said. "But we're going to give him every opportunity to earn it. Nothing is going to be given to him."

    Letang scored two goals in seven NHL games last year, but he was still unable to land a permanent spot on Pittsburgh's roster. The reason had more to do with the Collective Bargaining Agreement than it did his skill level.

    If Letang had played 10 games, the Penguins would have had to sign him to a pro contract, thus making the defenceman eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2013-14 season. While the organization claims that the "CBA did not affect any decision-making," the fact that Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin were also rookies last year made it easier to wait a year for Letang.

    "We felt we were in a position that we were unable to give him the ice time he needed at a young age," said Therien, who had been playing Letang mostly on the power play. "If you wanted him to be better, you had to make a commitment to him. We weren't ready for that."

    Letang admits that he was disappointed when the Penguins finally sent him back to junior, but acknowledged that it might have been the best thing for his development. He was thrust into a leadership role in junior and now claims to be more confident and assured than he was a year ago.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder also said he is "hungrier" after getting a taste of playing with Sidney Crosby and the rest of the up-and-coming young Penguins.

    "Just to play beside Crosby was the best thing in the world for me," said Letang, who scored both his goals after receiving passes from the 2006-07 league MVP.

    "You look at the Penguins, they have all the best young players in the league. I want to be a part of that."http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/...484bea&k=92059
    Well if he can make the team he could have a chance to help our team.
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    Kristopher Letang will be disappointed if he does not crack the Penguins lineup this year.
    Letang made the team last year, but was returned to junior after playing in only seven games. The biggest challenge facing Letang is his defensive game. He is an offensive powerhouse, but he will have to prove that he can take care of his own end in order to earn a regular spot on the team. We think he'll make the squad, but may spend time on the bench or in the press box when his defensive game falters. He does, however, have tremendous offensive upside.
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    Let's hoe this guy can improve his defense. We could help us a lot.

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    Penguins Win Rookie Tournament
    KITCHENER, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins turned the tables on the Ottawa Senators Monday night, coasting to a 5-1 win in the championship game of the Kitchener Rookie Tournament at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.

    The win came one day after the Senators posted a 3-0 win against the Penguins in the round robin portion of the competition. Both teams finished the tournament with 3-1 records.

    Monday’s contest featured a more formidable lineup for Pittsburgh, as third-year pros Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone rejoined the team after sitting out as healthy scratches on Sunday.

    Their reintroductions made an almost immediate impact, as Dustin Jeffrey took a Stone pass and chipped in a shot from the top of the crease just 1:43 into the game to give the second-ranked Penguins the early lead.

    Joe Jensen, who skated alongside Stone and Filewich in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) last season, stretched the lead 20 minutes later, rifling a one-timer off a Tim Wallace feed.

    Matt Caria tallied with 2:38 left in the second period to give the Penguins a comfortable cushion, and Alex Grant added his team-high third goal of the tournament five minutes into the final frame.

    Jensen added his second of the evening three minutes later to finish off the Pittsburgh scoring.

    John Curry was nearly perfect between the pipes for the Penguins, stopping the first 18 shots he faced before Ilya Zubov spoiled the shutout with just under 10 minutes to play.

    FIRST PERIOD

    Scoring: 1. PIT – Jeffrey (Stone, Filewich) 1:43

    Penalties: PIT – Boogaard (Fighting) 0:05; OTT – Gallant (Fighting) 0:05; PIT – Kennedy (Hooking) 4:25; OTT – Gallant (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 9:32; OTT – McKenzie (Hooking) 14:53; OTT – Johnson (Hooking) 16:06

    SECOND PERIOD

    Scoring: 2. PIT – Jensen (Letestu, Wallace) 2:37; 3. PIT – Caria (Caputi) 17:22

    Penalties: OTT – Zubov (Hooking) 4:37; PIT – Muzzin (Goaltender Interference) 6:30

    THIRD PERIOD

    Scoring: 4. PIT – Grant (Kennedy, Jensen) 5:01; 5. PIT – Jensen (Letestu) 8:07; 6. OTT – Zubov (Weller, Lee) 10:03

    Penalties: PIT – Grant (Boarding) 0:31; OTT - McKenzie (High Sticking) 3:01; OTT – Foligno (Slashing) 10:03; PIT – Letang (Roughing) 10:03; PIT – Lovejoy (Tripping) 11:12; PIT – Bortuzzo (Cross Checking) 18:33

    SHOTS 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    PIT 20 15 10 45
    OTT 9 7 4 20

    SCORING 1st 2nd 3rd TOT
    PIT 1 2 2 5
    OTT 0 0 1 1
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    Good news

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    Prospects Impressive In Championship Run
    The Pittsburgh Penguins capped off a successful summer off the ice with some rewards on it.

    The team’s prospects prevailed at the Kitchener Rookie Tournament in Ontario. The team won three of four games, capped by Monday’s 5-1 triumph over Ottawa Senators prospects in the championship contest.

    Under the direction of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Richards and assistant Dan Bylsma, the Penguins youngsters beat Toronto on Friday and Florida on Saturday before falling to Ottawa on Sunday. The Senators and Penguins battled in Monday’s title game and Pittsburgh rolled to the win in the four-team tournament.

    “I liked the effort of the players. I thought the players played and worked extremely hard,” said Penguins Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher, who oversees Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “I am also impressed with how quickly Todd and Dan were able to bring together a group of individuals and mold them into a team.”

    Fletcher and the rest of the Penguins’ front office and coaching staff were on hand to evaluate the young squad, comprised of 23 players in Pittsburgh’s system, including most of this year’s draft choices (minus Angelo Esposito and Keven Veilleux, who are recovering from injuries) as well as young players from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and other prospects.

    “In a general sense, we are very pleased with the general grouping of kids we just drafted,” Fletcher said. “The young players played well. Sometimes the 18- and 19-year-old kids who have just been drafted can struggle in a tournament like this because there are older players in tournament, too.

    “We are very pleased with how the young players performed on defense. Jake Muzzin, Alex Grant and Robert Bortuzzo all played well. Dustin Jeffrey and Luca Caputi produced significant amounts of offense, five points apiece, so they both did well offensively,” he continued. “All the kids contributed. Combine that with the veteran grouping we had and it made for a pretty good team.”

    Overall, Fletcher was pleased to see the progress the Penguins youngsters made over the summer.

    “I know from the amateur scouting staff’s point of view, it’s always a little nerve-wracking go out and see your recent crop of kids drafted perform in front of the entire organization,” he said. “But, there is a lot of happiness in how those players played. There is a lot of hope and promise for the future.

    “The tournament was basically half a junior tournament and half an AHL tournament. Some of the guys from last year played well like Mark Letestu, Joe Jensen and Tim Wallace,” he continued. “They had a chance to play and played very well. They all put in a summer’s worth a work, but this maybe gives you a sense of what the future is going to be like in the AHL this year.”

    The Penguins also displayed character – as well as talent – as they battled back from big deficits against Toronto (three goals) and Florida (two goals) and shook off a 3-0 loss to Ottawa for a convincing 5-1 championship win.

    “They came back to win both of the first games and the character they showed in the third game was impressive,” Fletcher said. “We dominated the second and third periods – the last two periods it looked like the ice titled, but Ottawa’s goaltender was just outstanding. I liked the way we worked until the end; there was no quit and the players kept winning battles and tried to make up a three-goal deficit. They carried over that effort into final where we took it to them.”

    Fletcher credits Richards and Bylsma for bringing the players together.

    “I go back to the coaches and how quickly they were able to get the players to play a particular way and in a particular system,” he said. “The players played extremely hard. Our fore-check was a dominant factor in every game. We spent a lot of all four games in the other teams’ end. That’s the way we want to play. It was fun to see.”

    The tournament gave the 14 prospects heading to the Penguins’ main camp a solid head start as well as those returning to their junior teams.

    “I think it’s great for them. Obviously for the players attending the rookie camp and now the main camp, it will give great sense of confidence and comfort with some good on-ice success under their belts and knowing some of their teammates, coaches and support staff,” Fletcher said. “There is that sense of familiarity and the knowledge they have accomplished something as Penguin.

    “That’s part of the whole development program, which starts with the rookie conditioning camp to the rookie camp and then to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where hopefully a lot will matriculate up to the NHL together,” he continued. “That’s how you build the chemistry, friendships and trust the players need to form a successful team. You can’t always win these types of tournaments, but it’s nice to win them. It gives everyone a sense of accomplishment and success for the group. A lot of these kids will play together at Wilkes-Barre at some point. As junior kids, a lot of them will climb the ladder to Pittsburgh together. It’s these common experiences that start to define the group.”

    Fletcher and the Penguins hope to be regular participants in rookie camp tournaments.

    “Definitely, now that we have a conditioning camp in late June or early July where we can teach and educate and concentrate on fitness,” he said. “Now we can continue on with this type of tournament with our young players. It’s better for the players to show what they can do in games against different teams rather than just in practices and it’s better for us to evaluate them. But, without that conditioning camp in the summer, it’d make playing in this tournament difficult. We need the teaching, education and focus on off-ice training in the summer and, hopefully, the players come back with their fitness levels where they need to be so we can put them in a tournament where they can compete.”

    Thirteen of the players who attended rookie camp already have been invited to the main training camp: forwards Aaron Boogaard, Jonathan Filewich, Tyler Kennedy, Kyle Rank, Ryan Stone, Jensen, Letestu and Wallace; defensemen Jonathan D’Aversa, Kris Letang, and Ben Lovejoy and goaltenders David Brown and John Curry. The Penguins’ coaches and management also extended an invitation to Jeffrey, who performed well at the prospects camp. Jeffrey, 19, was selected by the Penguins in the sixth round (171st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He scored five points (3+2) in four games during the prospects tournament.

    The Penguins’ training camp opens Thursday with physicals and meetings at the UPMC facility on the South Side, and the first on-ice practice will be Friday at ICEOPLEX at Southpointe.http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?art...e&service=page
    Good news

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    Penguins Re-Sign Assistant Coaches
    The Pittsburgh Penguins signed assistant coaches Andre Savard and Mike Yeo to one-year contract extensions through the 2008-09 season, while extending their relationship with goaltending coach Gilles Meloche, signing him to a new two-year contract, it was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

    Savard will begin his second season with the Penguins in 2007-08. Prior to joining the club, he spent six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens organization. Savard first joined Montreal in July, 2000 when he was named Director of Hockey Personnel. He was named General Manager of the team on November 20th, 2000 and held that position through the 2002-03 season. During the next three seasons, Savard served as the Assistant General Manager of the Canadiens while also holding the position of General Manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

    Savard spent five seasons with the Ottawa Senators, serving as head scout for the first four seasons and assistant coach to Jacques Martin for one season. Prior to his time in Ottawa, Savard spent 10 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques and held several different positions during his tenure. He was named head coach in 1987 becoming the first former Nordiques player named to that post. Savard spent 12 seasons in the NHL as a player scoring 482 points (211 goals, 271 assists) in 790 career games.

    eo begins his second full season with the Penguins. He originally was promoted to the club on December 15th, 2005 after serving as an assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for nearly six seasons. Yeo was named the first assistant coach in team history for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after announcing his retirement as a player on Jan. 24, 2000. He helped guide the club to two conference championships as the team made two appearances (2001, 2004) in the AHL Calder Cup finals.

    As a player, Yeo played 19 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 1999-00 season and scored four points (one goal, three assists) before injuries ended his playing career. Yeo also played five seasons with the Houston Aeros of the IHL scoring 127 points (55 goals, 72 assists) while collecting 511 penalty minutes in 317 games played. He served as the captain of the Aeros when the team captured the 1999 IHL Turner Cup championship.

    Meloche enters his 19th season with the Penguins management team. He has worked as both amateur scout and goaltending coach for the club and held that dual role with the Penguins’ Stanley Cup champion teams in 1991 and 1992. Meloche coaches and evaluates goaltenders in both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to his coaching career, Meloche played 18 seasons in the NHL as a goaltender. He spent his final three seasons with the Penguins after being acquired via trade in 1985. Meloche posted a 279-351-131 record in 788 NHL games and registered a 3.64 goals-against-average. He also appeared in 45 career playoff games and earned a 21-19 record.
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    Good call to bring back all the Assistant Coaches

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    Crash the Net - Pens Q&A
    QUESTION: Do you see Ray Shero acquiring another veteran defenseman before the season starts? It's been rumored that Danny Markov may be a possibility, but that seems to have died down quite a bit.
    -Mike in Pittsburgh
    BOB GROVE: The Penguins won't be dealing for any defensemen before the start of the season. They've got Darryl Sydor and Kris Letang now expected to be regulars, and they're obviously happy with six returning defensemen: Sergei Gonchar, Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, Mark Eaton, Rob Scuderi and Alain Nasreddine, who is likely to begin the season in the AHL.

    We got a few questions this week about unrestricted free agent Danny Markov, 31, who earned $2.5 million last season for Detroit but was unsigned through Sept. 11. I like Markov's physical approach a lot, but various reports this summer suggested his contract demands were scaring off interested teams, including Columbus. If that's true, perhaps he'll lower his salary sights a bit and sign with someone. But I can't see it being Pittsburgh.

    Remember, too, that teams don't have to have every piece of their puzzle in place in September. They've got all season, up until the trading deadline, to make changes. If Shero decides he needs another stay-at-home defenseman -- a description that would fit Orpik, Eaton, Scuderi and Nasreddine -- he'll have time to find one.


    QUESTION: If Kris Letang works out to be the player who we all think he is, do you think that makes a higher salaried player such as Sergei Gonchar expendable?
    -Asbee is Dorseyville, PA

    BOB GROVE: Rarely are you able to make any definitive judgments about a player in his first full NHL season after just five months of play. No matter how well Letang's season is going at the deadline, it's pretty safe to assume he won't be the second-leading scorer among NHL defensemen -- which is where Gonchar ended up last season.

    Even if you wanted to, trading Gonchar with two-plus seasons remaining on his contract won't be easy. He is scheduled to earn $11.5 million over those two seasons, and that won't be an easy number for most teams to accommodate.

    If neither Staal nor Malkin signs a contract extension next summer and both head into the summer of 2009 as restricted free agents -- and if you are convinced Letang and perhaps Alex Goligoski promise to provide plenty of future offense from the blueline -- then you could have the ability to move Gonchar and create a little cap room. Of course, Letang will need a new contract in the summer of 2009 and could potentially be in line for a nice raise himself.

    Cap management is a crucial skill for teams, which is why the Penguins hired Jason Botterill this summer. But there's no substitute for drafting well and having enough revenue to increase your payroll when the need arises, and right now the Penguins seem to be doing fine on both fronts.

    -Jason in Gibsonia, PA

    QUESTION: Does anyone know the status of Evgeni Malkin's English lessons? Will Malkin and his teammates be able to better communicate with each other this year?
    Dave in New York, NY

    BOB GROVE: Questions about Malkin's English development were popular this week. Players were available as a group to reporters for the first time this summer at the team's annual golf outing today, and I'm sure this angle will be explored. I certainly expect Malkin not only to be better but more willing to try and communicate with the media.

    His ability to communicate on the ice, as you suggest, is critical to helping him become a better player. I'm willing to cut him some slack for last season, given all the adjustments he had to make and the circumstances under which he came to the NHL. But there's no excuse for not showing improvement this time around.


    QUESTION: Are the Pens going to be holding their training camp tournament like they have in the past. I can remember a year or 2 ago they held a scrimmage tournament where they split up the guys at camp and played scrimmage games.
    -Tim in West Mifflin, PA

    BOB GROVE: The Penguins are scheduled to scrimmage at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Southpointe. Currently, the training camp schedule calls for players to be split into only two groups, and these are the only scrimmages scheduled.

    QUESTION: My question is if at any time we will see this new Pens team wearing the old Pens jerseys from '91 and '92 when they won the back to back Stanley Cups. I see lots of Canadian teams and some American like Buffalo going back to there old jerseys on vintage nights.
    -Kyle in Kitimat B.C., Canada

    BOB GROVE: There are no plans at the moment to introduce a retro jersey, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Penguins think about doing just that for their final season at Mellon Arena in 2009-10.
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