Letestu elevated to the 2nd line

 

After scoring only three even strength goals through two games, head coach Dan Bylsma is looking to make changes at the forward position as the Penguins face the New Jersey Devils Monday afternoon. Among the changes include Mark Letestu being elevated to the second line and Pascal Dupuis being demoted to the 4th line who Bylsma said today isn’t doing the things that made him successful last season.

Friday Practice Report: Asham remains off the ice

 

Friday Practice Report Coming off last night’s 3-2 loss, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the ice this morning as the team prepares for the Montreal Canadiens Saturday nght. There are no changes to the top-4 lines Winger Arron Asham is not skating today and will likely remain out of the lineup Saturday night. Goaltender Patrick Killeen was officially re-assigned back to Wheeling this morning. Lines Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis Tangradi – Comrie – Malkin Cooke – Letestu – Kennedy Rupp – Talbot – Adams Extra: Godard Front Net Presence/Center Drive Getting traffic to the net has been a priority for the Penguins coaching staff and during the 1st half of practice, the Penguins focus was on a front net presence and their center drive.

Latest on Tangradi & more buzz

 

Tangradi Update I had a feature ready to post tonight analyzing the Penguins roster but with tonight’s bizarre roster moves, here’s a few tidbits on Tangradi and some thoughts heading into tomorrow’s game — *Although no one inside the organization is giving an explanation regarding tonight’s bizarre roster moves, team contacts I spoke with told me that Tangradi will be back up with the team tomorrow. The demotion is believed to be related to Arron Asham (shoulder) but the recall of goaltender Patrick Killeen is mindboggling as Marc Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson are neither injured nor hurt. The Penguins also have no cap issues with Jordan Staal on the non-injury list. If Tangradi surprisingly isn’t in tomorrow’s opening night lineup, I feel extremely bad for him. He called today a dream come true after being informed that he made the team and you should have seen the excitement onRead More »

Source: Lilja reaches out to Penguins; Team sticking with Lovejoy, Engelland for now

 

With word buzzing around the league that the Penguins are lukewarm about their 6th and 7th defensemen, the agent for veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja reached out again to Penguins GM Ray Shero tonight, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. A team source close to the situation tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports that Lilja’s camp has been in contact with Pittsburgh over the past 72 hours and Pens GM Ray Shero informed Lilja’s agent Todd Diamond this evening that they {Pittsburgh} are going to start the season with Lovejoy and Engelland and see how they fare first before exploring options to add a veteran defenseman. The Penguins bizarre roster moves this evening have nothing to do with any potential “moves” being in the works regarding a 6th or 7th defenseman. One NHL evaluator who has concerns about the Penguins 6th and 7th defensemen believes Lilja would be a perfect fit.

Tangradi demoted to Wheeling for the time being

 

The Penguins made one of the strangest roster announcements I’ve seen in a while, announcing the team has assigned Eric Tangradi to Wheeling of the ECHL and have recalled goaltender Patrick Killeen to get their roster to 23. The Penguins announced this evening that the team assigned left wing Eric Tangradi to Wheeling of the ECHL and defenseman Simon Despres to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Penguins recalled goaltender Patrick Killeen from Wheeling. Tangradi was told by management that he made the team as about a dozen family members are coming in for tomorrow’s game. “I will be there tomorrow, nothing but smiles since I found out the decision, ” Tangradi said following Wednesday’s practice after being informed that he made the team. Tangradi skated on the Penguins second line with Mike Comrie and Evgeni Malkin today. Pittsburgh also placed forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel and defensemanRead More »