Left wing by committee? DePaoli gives you the latest buzz coming out of training camp.
The Penguins reported to the UPMC South Side complex today for physicals and meetings. From the drop of the puck Wednesday morning it is going to be a very intense camp.
Here are some line combo‚Äôs that are being speculated for the first couple practices
1st line Dupuis/Fedotenko ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan
The coaching staff wants to see Dupuis and Fedotenko in first and third line roles. Look for Dupuis and Fedotenko to split time early in the week. Dupuis has been told he will see time at left wing and right wing. A source also told me Therrien has a few surprises up his sleeve and we may see a left wing by committee until Therrien sees what he likes.
2nd line Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora
Rich Curran the agent for Jordan Staal has been telling people that Jordan has been informed that he will play wing in training camp. Staal has been doing some special work to get ready for the transition. Therrien also used Staal on Crosby‚Äôs wing for one game last season.
3rd line Fedotenko/Dupuis ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Kennedy
Cooke ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Dupuis
The Penguins will use a lot of different combinations before settling on their third line. A lot depends on which forward is the best fit with Sidney Crosby.
The Penguins signed Janne Pesonen because they felt he has the talent to make the roster. Expect to see him start out tomorrow with Jeff Taffe. Pesonen will be given the opportunity to play with NHL caliber players. There has been no confirmation from Ray Shero yet but there is speculation that Pesonen will not stick around if he doesn‚Äôt make the big club. Pesonen turned down offers from Europe and received a lucrative offer from a team in the KHL league.
The lack of goaltending depth has been a concern from fans but sources tell me the Penguins are very comfortable with Danny Sabourin as the team‚Äôs #2 and believe he hasn‚Äôt reach his potential yet.
I‚Äôm hearing Daryl Sydor has arrived to camp in great shape and went through a strenuous workout regiment (primary focus on leg strength) this summer to get ready for the season. Sydor believes he has a lot of hockey left in the tank.
I talked to an Islanders insider today who believes Miroslav Satan will be a 30 goal scorer alongside Sidney Crosby.
I probably stress this in just about every post but Ray Shero wants to see what he has before he makes any roster moves. Shero has been in contact with a few agents of veteran players who remain unsigned.
Full Camp Update on Wednesday’s practices to be posted by Wednesday afternoon