A few notes from Dan Bylsma this morning
*Bylsma appears to be very high on Arron Asham’s versatility in the lineup. He has talked about it several times in the past couple days and said today that he liked what he saw from Arron in regards to a physicality standpoint when he skated with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Asham’s ability to provide a physical presence and win battles in the corners, something Mike Comrie lacks is a big reason for the Penguins moving Asham up in the lineup tonight.
*Speaking of Comrie, he will skate on the 4th line tonight and Dan Bylsma was pressed this morning if he has given up on Comrie.
Bylsma said he hasn’t given up on Comrie but Bylsma admitted that Comrie hasn’t played at the same level he did in the preseason.
“He has not brought what he brought to training camp, ” Bylsma said. Bylsma said Comrie needs to get better and it’s clear the Penguins are very frustrated with his play.
*Through 10 games the Penguins are 5-4-1 on the season. “I don’t think our team has really carved an indentity yet, ” Bylsma said.
That’s something the coaching staff is looking for but Bylsma also attributed injuries to a lack of identity but says the Penguins haven’t dictated a game for 60 minutes and it’s something that was addressed yesterday as the Penguins hit the 10 game mark.