Player News - Penguins

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Tom Sestito will attend Pittsburgh's training camp on a professional tryout.

He skated in just three games with Vancouver last season and dressed in 10 contests with Utica of the AHL. Sestito racked up 213 penalty minutes in 77 games during the 2013-14 campaign.
Aug 26 - 11:04 AM

David Perron could line up as a left winger in 2015-16.

Phil Kessel is slated to play on the right side of Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist is projected to line up to the right of Evgeni Malkin. Coach Mike Johnston is going to try out Perron and Beau Bennett on the left. That would place them in competition with Chris Kunitz and Sergei Plotnikov for spots on Pittsburgh's top-two lines.

Evgeni Malkin (ankle) should be ready for training camp.

Coach Mike Johnstons has received positive medical updates from all his previously injured players, including Malkin. He had a sprained ankle before the playoffs that he played through.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 25 - 5:28 PM

Phil Kessel is likely to start training camp on the same line as Sidney Crosby, according to coach Mike Johnston.

"We're looking at Crosby with Kessel and Malkin with Hornqvist," Johnston said. "On the left side, there are a number of players. Even right wingers like David Perron or Beau Bennett might be there. We want to see how a guy like Pascal (Dupuis) looks." The lines will probably be tinkered with during the Penguins' eight-game exhibition schedule, but it looks like Crosby will have a star winger by his side this season. Kessel is a five-time 30-goal scorer who has hit 80 points in two of his last four seasons.
Aug 25 - 2:26 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel took to Twitter on Sunday to thank Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

Kessel wrote: "I want to thank all of the Toronto fans for all the support you have shown me. I will miss you and this city and always consider Toronto home." He may not miss the Toronto media, but there's little doubt that he generated a lot of memories during his time with the enormous hockey market.
Aug 23 - 12:27 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford denied a Swedish newspaper report that Oskar Sundqvist had two procedures in July to repair a severed hamstring tendon.

He has been rehabbing a hamstring injury but it did not require surgery. Sundqvist missed the Penguins' development camp because of the ailment, but Rutherford did not discuss its severity. He is expected to attend training camp, where he will compete for a fourth-line role.
Aug 21 - 3:18 PM

Sergei Plotnikov will probably get a chance to play with Evgeni Malkin this season.

He had 15 goals and 36 points in 56 games with the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl last year. The Penguins also have Chris Kunitz and David Perron looking for top-six spots on the left side, so Plotnikov will face tough competition. If he gets promoted then he's worth keeping an eye on, but keep in mind that it's often difficult for KHLers to translate their game to the NHL.
Aug 18 - 12:10 PM

Pascal Dupuis isn't worried about his long layoffs over the past two seasons.

He has played in just 55 games during that time because of a torn ACL and a blood clot. "I'm starting at the same time as everybody else. It's not like I'm coming back from a six-month layoff and that I'm being thrown back into the playoffs or anything like that," he said. "I've got time. I'm going to start camp at the same time as everybody else and I've been skating more than most of the guys this summer. I think everything with my game is going to be fine. I really do. I feel good about it. Obviously, my timing isn't where I want it to be, but it's summer. It will come." Dupuis is expected to play with Nick Bonino and Eric Fehr on the third line this year, but there's a chance he could be moved up because he is capable of playing on either wing.
Aug 17 - 3:22 PM

Kris Letang is eager to join the Pittsburgh Penguins for training camp for the upcoming season.

Letang missed the final seven games of the regular season and the Penguins only five games of the postseason and is now 100% healthy for the start of the 2015-2016 season. "I'm in great shape," Letang said. "I got on the ice last week, so I'm following the same program I follow every summer. There was no delay in that sense. I'd say it's been one of my best summers in terms of training and how I feel." That should be a relief to Penguins management and fans as they need their star defensemen to be healthy for a full season in order to make a deep run in the playoffs. Letang recorded 11 goals and 54 points with 79 penalty minutes in only 69 games played last season
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 8:37 PM

Sidney Crosby and about eight of his teammates will begin informal, players only, on-ice workouts on Aug. 17 at the Penguins' new practise rink.

Crosby describes an extra oomph of excitement surrounding the team after the off-season moves. "That sense of anticipation, knowing the guys you brought in, knowing they're going to be big parts of the team. … Having that expectation there is something that gets everybody excited to start the year." Crosby spoke to potential new linemate Phil Kessel earlier this month on the phone, helping the former Maple Leaf find a place to live in Pittsburgh. "Hopefully in Pittsburgh, he doesn't have to deal with as much of that pressure," Crosby said. "He can just be someone else on the team. Definitely with the way he can skate and shoot, he's going to help us."
Aug 16 - 10:00 AM

The Penguins opened up the 185,000-square-foot UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex to serve as their new practice facility.

The massive complex will also serve as a public skating rink, sports medicine clinic and physical therapy center. The Penguins had previously skated at their home ice rink, the Consol Energy Center, but will now use this facility as their practice ice. The complex will hold two full-size hockey rinks within a half-mile perimeter; one ice surface specifically for the Penguins use. The players will surely not be complaining about their new addition.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 6:02 PM

Sergei Gonchar has agreed to join the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout contract.

He appeared in 48 games with Montreal and Dallas last season, while collecting 14 points and a plus-6 rating. Pittsburgh has a crowded blueline going into training camp and it will very difficult for Gonchar to make the team.
Aug 14 - 12:32 PM

Pascal Dupuis is anxious for the start of training camp and to resume his NHL career.

"In June, after the doctors ran me through a battery of final tests and cleared me to return to the ice to skate with other players, my first thought was: Man, I can't wait to take a really good shot. A nice stick to the ribs. Maybe even a puck to the face. We're not supposed to hit in the summer, but the first few times on the ice, I was going out of my way to get into scrums in the corners. The guys probably thought I was insane. I wanted to bleed, because now I finally could," Dupuis wrote in The Players' Tribune Monday. He talked about wanting to come back to win the Stanley Cup and how he got through his battle with blood clots for the opportunity to have that special moment of triumph.
Aug 10 - 8:28 PM

Matt Cullen is excited to play for a top contender like the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It's a team that's making a real strong push to make a run at it," said Cullen. "There's no secret I'm getting to the end of my career. So to have an opportunity to play with a team of this caliber is really exciting. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity." Cullen also reunited with GM Jim Rutherford, who he spent four seasons with as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. They won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Rutherford is happy to add a player a quality depth player who can move up into the top nine forward group if necessary. He also values Cullen's leadership and locker room presence. Cullen is expected to center the Penguins' fourth line.
Aug 7 - 1:12 PM

There may not be a spot for Oskar Sundqvist to stick with the Pittsburgh out of training camp after the team signed Matt Cullen.

Cullen is projected to be the club's fourth-line center, while newcomers Nick Bonino and Eric Fehr (once he's healthy) are ticketed for the third unit. The Penguins have plenty of centers on the roster, so Sundqvist may be better off in the minors at the start of the year. He will still try to make that decision tougher for management at camp, though.
Aug 6 - 7:22 PM


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